What to Expect at DentaCare Dental
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can impact your mood, level of energy, and quality of sleep. If you’ve been diagnosed, it’s likely you’ve been using a CPAP machine to relieve your symptoms. Most patients seek an alternative treatment due to its uncomfortable side effects.
When you visit our Longview office, we’ll review your medical history, prior sleep tests, and provide you with an in-depth physical exam. Dr. Hobbs will take the time to understand your symptoms to determine the right course of action for your condition.
If you haven’t been diagnosed yet, we’ll recommend a local sleep clinic to undergo an overnight sleep study or we can provide you with a take-home sleep test. Once you’ve been properly diagnosed, Dr. Hobbs will work closely with you to find a treatment that works best for you.
Our Treatment Options
Here at DentaCare Dental, we offer multiple sleep apnea treatment options to ensure you receive a solution that fits your unique needs.
As the first line of defense, we’ll recommend a CPAP machine to treat snoring and sleep apnea. It’s worn as a mask to pump air into your mouth while you sleep. This prevents airway obstructions, allowing you to breathe properly. Though they’re effective, CPAP masks are loud, bulky, and uncomfortable–leading patients to stop using them altogether.
If you’re seeking a more comfortable alternative, Dr. Hobbs can customize an oral appliance just for you. Similar to a mouthguard, it’s worn overnight and works to clear any blockages in the back of the throat. Oral appliances shift your jaw forward to keep your airway open overnight.
Dr. Hobbs will discuss each treatment in detail to make sure you understand how they work before deciding on a solution. We’ll also explain various lifestyle changes that’ll help ease your sleep apnea symptoms. It’s important to feel confident when choosing a treatment, which is why we encourage you to ask any questions you may have.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I snore, but don’t have sleep apnea?
At DentaCare Dental, Dr. Hobbs features multiple treatment options for all patients suffering from sleep-disordered breathing problems. If your sleep physician has confirmed that you are clear of sleep apnea but suffer from chronic snoring, we can provide you with snoring solutions, such as a custom oral appliance.
Whether you’re suffering from a sleep disorder or just looking to put an end to disruptive snoring, you shouldn’t prolong seeking treatment. For the sake of both your physical and mental health, it’s best to find treatment and put an end to your restless nights.
At what age can sleep apnea develop?
Sleep apnea can occur at any age, even in infants. In children, it’s most commonly caused by enlarged tonsils and lymphatic tissues called adenoids. Sleep apnea can manifest on its own or can develop due to another health condition.
No matter what causes your sleep apnea or when it develops, it’s important to seek proper treatment and reduce the risk of long-term health consequences. If you’re suffering from breathing problems, snoring, or a sleep disorder, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hobbs. Simply call our Longview office at (903) 686-9076 and one of our team members will be happy to assist you.
Regain Your Sleepless Nights
If you find yourself feeling restless throughout the night, it’s possible that you may have sleep apnea. It’s a serious condition that can lead to considerable health problems without proper treatment.
Take control of your life and call our Longview office at 903-686-9076 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with Dr. Hobbs. Or simply fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page. It’s the first step to getting a better night’s rest.