If you are a nuisance to your roommates due to snoring, it may be due to a medical condition known as sleep apnea. Thankfully, you can find relief from this complication with reliable expert treatment. Dr. Scott Young and his expert team offer a variety of quality treatments to optimize your health. Should you consider forgetting the inconveniences and discomforts of poor-quality sleep, call the office to speak to a friendly provider or schedule your appointment on site today.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition wherein you repeatedly stop and start breathing while sleeping. The most frequent form of this illness is obstructive sleep apnea. It happens when your neck muscles, soft palate, and tongue relax as you sleep, clogging your airways and causing you to snore or emit choking sounds.
The most prevalent symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include:
- Daytime drowsiness or fatigue
- Snoring loudly
- Morning headaches
- Interruptions in breathing while sleeping
- Dry mouth
- Gasping for air while sleeping
Besides preventing you and your partner from having a peaceful night’s sleep, sleep apnea can cause severe complications if left unmanaged.
What Problems Can Arise from Untreated Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common medical condition that may cause complications such as:
- Heart problems
- Metabolic syndrome
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
- Liver problems
Moreover, it can affect your relationship with family and friends who cannot receive a good night’s sleep because of your snoring.
How Does a Dentist Treat Sleep Apnea?
Some dentists recommend mouth guards and other oral tools that adjust your jaw to support your tongue and clear airways. However, the tissue behind your mouth (soft palate, uvula, and tonsils) remains loose, thereby preventing unrestricted airflow.
When you visit Scott Young, DDS, your on-site sleep apnea specialist, Dr. Zils, employs NightLase- a gentle laser treatment for relief. This cutting-edge treatment is safe, simple, and reliable for treating your mouth’s soft tissue to make you breathe freely.
How NightLase Works
NightLase treatment occurs in three sessions within two months. Dr. Zils applies a dual-wavelength laser system to trigger your mouth tissue to generate more elastin and collagen. NightLase is efficient enough for use in your mouth and delivers the necessary results to tighten your soft palate to prevent its sagging and obstruct your airways.
Additionally, NightLase helps in shrinking your tonsils and uvula, so they do not obstruct either. Every session is comfortable, non-invasive, and lasts about thirty minutes. With minimal downtime, you can thereby resume your daily activities straight away, including drinking and eating at your pleasure.
Besides sleep apnea, you can contact Scott Young and his team a variety of care services, including:
- Oral surgery
- Dental implants
- Dental crowns
- Cosmetic veneers
- General dentistry
- Teeth whitening
- TMJ treatment
Sleep apnea can have you sleeping at work or school by distracting your calm night’s sleep. Furthermore, this condition can affect your relationship with your bedmates. If you seek to revive your quality sleep and avoid inconveniencing others, visit Best Woodlands Dentist Dr. Young for more information online or by phone.