Sleep apnea is a disorder in which your breathing is obstructed or blocked during sleep. This problem varies in severity based on how often the airways to your lungs are blocked. This can occur from 5 to over 50 times an hour. Sleep apnea occurs when the airways in your nose, mouth, or throat become blocked. This happens if the throat muscles and tongue relax too much during sleep. Because sleep apnea occurs during sleep, you may not realize you have it. However, your partner may notice that you do the following during sleep:
- Stop breathing
- Snore loudly
- Gasp or choke
- Toss and turn
If you experience any of the following symptoms, Dr. Craig Mabrito may treat sleep apnea in Houston, Texas:
- Not feeling rested after sleep
- Feeling drowsy during the day
- Waking with a headache
Sleep Apnea Appliances
When a patient has sleep apnea, our dentist may recommend a custom-made sleep apnea appliance. This appliance, which is worn during sleep, pushes your tongue and jaw forward to keep the throat muscles from collapsing. This keeps your airways open and allows your lungs to get unobstructed air.
Feel free to contact Mabrito Dental today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.