There are two types of sleep apnea that can occur: obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.
- Obstructive sleep apnea is a result of the tissues located in the back of the throat becoming, relaxed and then compressed, resulting in an obstructed airway. This can restrict your breathing and even cause you to stop breathing for a brief period of time. In turn, you may make a snorting noise as you begin to breathe regularly again. There is a cure for sleep apnea, however. A dental device can be custom-fit for your mouth, which reduces the incidence of obstructive sleep apnea occurring. This is the type of sleep apnea treatment in New Braunfels, TX available through Dr. Smith and Dr. Cole.
- Central sleep apnea is more difficult to treat can also have more serious consequences. This disorder occurs when the brain neglects to send signals to the muscles that control your breathing, leading to episodic shallow breathes or even cessation of breathing. Unfortunately, this form of sleep apnea is often caused by heart failure, or even a stroke. Central sleep apnea must be treated by a specialist, such as a cardiologist or neurologist.
If you believe that you may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea and are seeking a cure for sleep apnea in New Braunfels, TX, contact Dr. Smith and Dr. Cole today to schedule an appointment for your consultation.
At Smith & Cole Laser and Family Dentistry, we believe in providing exceptional care in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Our doctors, Dr. Todd Smith and Dr. Michael Cole, are experts in their field and strive each day to make patients feel at ease while transforming their smiles. Our office is proud to serve patients from New Braunfels, TX as well as the surrounding areas. We offer a variety of treatment options including the LANAP Laser Treatment, Dental Implants, Sleep Apnea, TMJ, Sedation, Pediatric Dentistry, and CEREC Same Day Crowns. Call (830) 387-2852 to schedule your appointment or click here to request an appointment online!