Back to West Austin Dentist

Sleep Apnea in Bee Cave TX

You may wonder why you wake up in the morning after what you assumed was a restful night’s sleep only to experience a day filled with exhaustion. If you think you sleep through the night, but your body is telling you otherwise, you may suffer from sleep apnea. Fortunately, Dr. Jaeckle may be able to diagnose and treat this common sleep disorder, so you can begin enjoying restful nights of sleep and productive days.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by brief periods when you stop breathing. Two forms of sleep apnea may affect you. The less common type, central sleep apnea, requires the help of a neurologist, as it is associated with your central nervous system. However, your dentist may often treat the most common form, obstructive sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the tissues in your throat temporarily collapse, blocking your air passages. You will gasp for air suddenly, waking up for only a moment, before returning to sleep. Because this occurs so quickly, many patients do not remember these events. Significant others woken by the experience often relay the information to the unknowing patient. When you sleep, your muscles support the soft tissues in your throat and palate. However, in some cases, your muscles relax too much, causing the soft tissues to collapse against one another. When your brain notices it is not receiving adequate oxygen, it alerts your body to wake and breathe. This may occur several times per hour, which results in extremely poor sleep.

shutterstock_132163337

What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

If you wake gasping for air during the night – particularly if you already know you are a heavy snorer – this is a significant red flag that you may suffer from sleep apnea. However, because the sufferer often has no idea the nighttime events occur. However, if you suspect sleep apnea is affecting your life, consider the following symptoms:

  • Heavy snoring
  • Feeling exhausted after what you assume is a solid night of sleep
  • Daily fatigue
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Mood swings
  • Morning headaches
  • Morning sore throat or dry mouth

Click Here To Take Our Epworth Sleepiness Scale!


X RAY without and with device

How Do You Treat Sleep Apnea?

Somnodent Flex

Somnodent Flex

Dr. Jaeckle will thoroughly examine you and discuss your past and current health status.  He will discuss your symptoms and may bring in his on-staff physical therapist if he determines part of your problem includes the alignment of your jaws. If you haven’t been able to participate in a sleep study at a sleep lab, we can provide a take home test to help you diagnose your sleep issues. In addition, he will fit you with a custom-fitted oral appliance that will gently reposition your jaw while you sleep to maintain open air passages and uninterrupted breathing. One such device we use is the SomnoDent Flex. Similar to a mouth guard, the device is made using a soft polymer material for a comfortable and customizable fit. Tap 3 is another oral appliance we provide to open air passages and reduce sleep apnea symptoms. Dr. Jaeckle will decide which of our oral appliances will best address your sleep apnea. To make the process even easier, we will file insurance for you. In addition, there is often little to no out-of-pocket cost for the patient.