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Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea Treatments in Temple

Many occasionally have a night of fitful sleep and wake up still feeling tired and drained. If this is happening on a regular basis, then you may have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious condition where frequent interruptions while sleeping can put your health in jeopardy.

Fairbanks Dental Associates helps patients with sleep apnea in Temple, Belton, Academy, Harker Heights and Troy. Dr. Christopher Fairbanks has the expertise and experience that gets people the relief they need so they can sleep soundly and peacefully. 

Health Risks Associated with Sleep Apnea 

Many people are unaware that their sleep is being interrupted and may wonder why they feel so tired in the morning. Here are a few symptoms that could indicate you have sleep apnea:

Loud snoring
Drowsiness in the morning
Irritability during the day
Dry mouth upon waking
Morning headaches  

Sleep apnea can affect the sleep of partners and it can compromise your ability to optimally complete daily responsibilities. When people are deprived of the deepest levels of sleep, their bodies are not able to rejuvenate and restore in several ways, such as:

Repairing muscles and tissues
Stimulate growth hormones and development
Boost immune function
Process and store memories for the long-term

There are also serious health risks resulting from sleep apnea that include heart disease and arrhythmias, high blood pressure, stroke, obesity, and depression. 

Dr. Fairbanks Helps Diagnose and Treat Sleep Apnea

Dr. Fairbanks can help patients in several ways. He can assess your jaw function to determine if it is contributing to sleep apnea. He can also work with your insurance to refer you to a doctor who can conduct a sleep study. 

A sleep study can determine the type of sleep apnea a patient has, for example: 

Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) is caused by a neurological malfunction where the brain shuts down and does not communicate properly with muscles.  

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is caused by an obstruction of the airways in the throat. This may be due to a small throat, obesity, or large tonsils. 

Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea are often prescribed a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. This device delivers a gently pressurized flow of air through a breathing mask, which helps to keep the airway open. The air is filtered to remove dust and impurities from the air, increasing the quality of breathing for better health.

For some patients, the CPAP machine is cumbersome, and the alternative devices designed at Fairbanks Dental Association have given them a much-preferred treatment option. Dr. Fairbanks provides custom-designed prosthetics that keep the jaw in proper place and prevent obstruction to the airways.

Contact Fairbanks Dental Associates in Temple for Help with Sleep Apnea 

Consult with Dr. Christopher Fairbanks if you have symptoms of sleep apnea. He can help you get a proper diagnosis and treatment so you sleep in tranquility. Serving people in Temple, Belton, Harker Heights, Academy, and Troy, Fairbanks Dental Associates are here to restore your sleep.  


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