Sleep Apnea Treatment in North Richland Hills
Sleep apnea is an ongoing condition that can disrupt sleep and negatively affect your overall health.
When breathing is paused or becomes shallow, one will often move out of deep sleep and into light sleep, making the quality of sleep poor. A good night of restful sleep is crucial to feel good, function properly, and maintain good health. However, sleep apnea is a common culprit of sleep deprivation. It can cause you to wake up as many as 50 times per hour.
Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) is often an effective alternative to CPAP for patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.
Snoring usually accompanies sleep apnea. Snoring happens when the soft tissues in the back of the throat vibrate from air passing over them. Our treatment focuses on stopping your snoring with an innovative oral appliance called Silent Nite. It fits over your teeth and gently pushes your lower jaw forward to accomplish two important things – stopping your snoring and keeping your airway open to help prevent sleep apnea.
It is normal for your tongue and other soft tissues in the back of your throat to relax during sleep. However, when they collapse too much and block your airway, you may develop sleep apnea. By slightly moving these soft tissues, Silent Nite helps keep you from experiencing the harmful effects of sleep apnea – as well as snoring.
Here is what happens during sleep apnea episodes:
- Your airway becomes blocked, so you stop breathing for a few seconds.
- Your brain then signals your body to wake up so it can take in more oxygen.
- You breathe in normally again and drift back to sleep. This cycle can repeat itself hundreds of times a night – without you even knowing!
- Silent Nite™ oral appliances keeps your airway open to stop snoring and allow you to sleep without interruption.
- Both you and your bed partner will rest better and feel better.
Call 817-281-4801 to schedule an appointment.
Snoring is a common problem and can affect men and women of all ages.
Snoring is caused by a narrowing or blocking of the airway. The disruption of airflow causes the soft palate and tissues of the throat to vibrate. The narrower the airway becomes, the louder the snoring.
Snoring can often be treated by wearing a snore guard that maintains an open, unobstructed airway in the throat while you sleep.
Some common causes of snoring include:
- Inflammation of the tissues in the mouth nose or throat (including tonsils)
- Blocked nasal passages (often caused by a cold or allergies)
- Lack of muscle tone (due to aging or poor fitness levels)
- Obesity causing the airway to narrow due to fat
- Medicines that cause relaxation