November 23, 2015

You would typically trust a general dentist in Dallas, TX to help maintain the appearance of your smile and care for your overall oral health. Yet did you know that providers like Dr. Neeley can also help you to improve your sleep? Obstructive Obstructive Sleep Apnea Dallas, TXSleep apnea is a condition that keeps over 18 million other Americans just like you from getting the good rest you need to recharge your body and promote good health.

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when a blockage of your airway restricts your breathing during sleep. This blockage is typically caused by the soft tissue in your throat collapsing. The result is shallow breathing or even momentary respiratory pauses. If left untreated, it can lead to health complications such as:

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Heart problems
  • Stroke

The Telltale Signs

The trouble is that you may suffer from obstructive sleep apnea and not even know it. Therefore, recognizing sleep apnea symptoms is critical if you wish to manage and treat it effectively. They include:

  • Loud snoring: The same airway obstruction that causes sleep apnea will also cause you to snore. If your spouse is complaining about your nighttime snoring, your problem could be much more serious than keeping him or her awake.
  • Nighttime gasping: Another effect of sleep apnea that may go unnoticed without the assistance of your spouse or partner is episodes of gasping. Because your sleep apnea can actually cause momentary pauses in your breathing, you may often gasp for air during the night. Ask your partner to observe you for such episodes.
  • Fatigue and drowsiness during the day: Sleep apnea keeps you from reaching restorative REM sleep levels during the night. Thus, you will often remain tired and drowsy during the day.

There is Hope

Many are forced to resort to the use of cumbersome continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines to treat obstructive sleep apnea. However, through minimally-invasive NightLase treatment, Dr. Neeley can provide you with relief from this disorder without the need for nighttime assistance.

Do not give up hope of achieving a good night of sleep without the assistance of a CPAP. With Dr. Neeley’s help, you can enjoy healthy, uninterrupted, and mostly importantly, unaided sleep in no time at all. To see of you might be a candidate for NightLase, call and schedule an appointment with us today.



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