Some snoring is a simple annoyance that can keep you or your partner awake, while some snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea. This common but dangerous sleep disorder obstructs your breathing while you rest. Either way, our team can help you rest easier with snoring and sleep apnea solutions in Plano.
Our sleep apnea treatment will:
- Help you rest throughout the night, with no interruptions in breathing
- Relieve unpleasant apnea symptoms like headaches and dry mouth
- Lower your risk of conditions linked to sleep apnea, like stroke and diabetes
- Help your bed partner rest better too
- Leave you more alert and rested during the day
For relief from loud snoring, call 1st In Smiles at 972-905-9266. Dr. Rick Barfield and a specialist will work together to diagnose you and provide solutions to solve your sleep problems.
We Work With a Specialist to Diagnose Sleep Apnea
To give you the most accurate diagnosis and best possible treatment plan, we coordinate with a sleep apnea specialist who has years of experience in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders. Our specialist will examine you and review your health history to determine your risk for sleep apnea. He will then prescribe a sleep test that’s done in a sleep lab. Your breathing and sleep patterns will be closely monitored by a sleep lab technician under the supervision of a sleep doctor. Those results, including the frequency with which you stop breathing during the night, will help us know if you have a sleep disorder.
We Offer the Right Treatment for Sleep Apnea
Adjusting the position in which you sleep may help with mild cases of sleep apnea. Another common treatment for mild and moderate sleep apnea is an oral appliance or mouthguard, which adjusts your jaw position so that your airway isn’t blocked. Dr. Barfield can fit you for a custom-made mouthguard that fits better than those purchased from a store. With a comfortable custom fit, you won’t be tempted to leave it on your nightstand.
For more severe cases, our specialist may prescribe a CPAP, or continuous positive air pressure device. This machine has straps that attach to your head to support a small mask that covers your nose, sending air into your nostrils to open your airway and regulate your breathing. We even have a strapless CPAP version for your comfort if you cannot tolerate the straps.
We Can Stop Simple Snoring Too
Around 40 million Americans snore regularly. Only about half of them have sleep apnea, but relaxed throat muscles can be to blame for both problems. Even if you don’t have apnea, snoring can disrupt your or your partner’s sleep. After our sleep specialist rules out sleep apnea, we’ll discuss your treatment options.
Lifestyle changes can often help. You can try:
- Changing your sleep position
- Losing weight
- Controlling allergies that are affecting your breathing
- Avoiding alcohol and certain medications before bed
As with mild cases of sleep apnea, a custom-made mouthguard will gently move your jaw into a position that helps you breathe easier and prevents snoring.
For snoring and sleep apnea solutions in Plano, call 972-905-9266.