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Sleep Apnea Specialist

Mark Studer, DDS

Cosmetic Dentists & Restorative Dentists located in Bedford, TX

Sleep apnea is a common condition that can reduce your quality of life and lead to several serious health concerns. If you experience symptoms of sleep apnea, Mark Studer, DDS, and his team can confirm your diagnosis and help you find the right treatment for effective relief. To speak with the team in Bedford, Texas, about treating your sleep apnea, call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common condition that causes your breathing to repeatedly stop and start as you sleep. Sleep apnea can result in a number of serious health complications, including an increased risk for high blood pressure and heart disease. Obstructive sleep apnea prevents you from getting enough rest and can cause your oxygen levels to drop while you sleep, putting additional strain on your cardiovascular system. 

OSA occurs when the muscles in the back of your throat become too relaxed and constrict your breathing as you sleep. Although anyone can develop sleep apnea, there are several factors closely linked to the condition. These include:

  • Obesity or excess body weight
  • Smoking
  • Chronic nasal congestion
  • Diabetes
  • Genetics
  • Asthma

People with high blood pressure and diabetes are also frequently diagnosed with sleep apnea. The overly relaxed muscles in your throat can interrupt your breathing for periods of 10 seconds or longer. Once your brain notices your disrupted breathing, you may snort, choke, or gasp as you regain your breath. People with sleep apnea experience this cycle throughout the night and are unable to reach a state of deep, restful sleep. 

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Waking up with dry mouth
  • Waking up with a sore throat
  • Loud snoring
  • Awaking abruptly followed by choking or gasping

The excessive daytime sleepiness caused by sleep apnea can cause mood changes and put you at an increased risk for accidents and injury. Sleep apnea can make it impossible to get the sleep you need to make it through your day. If you’ve noticed a decline in your sleep health, Dr. Studer and his team can help you determine the cause and the right treatment for you. 

How is sleep apnea treated?

There are several effective ways to treat sleep apnea. For mild cases, lifestyle changes like exercising regularly, quitting smoking, and dropping excess body weight can help relieve the condition. For other cases, Dr. Studer uses the ProSomnus® MicrO2® Sleep and Snore Device. This innovative mandibular advancement device (MAD) is custom-made for a secure and comfortable fit. The oral device keeps your lower jaw in a forward position, which helps expand your airway.    

There are a number of additional therapies used to treat sleep apnea, including positive airway pressure. To find out which treatment is right for you, book an appointment by phone or online today.