Sleep Apnea

Do you feel tired throughout the day? Do you wake up countless times in the middle of the night unable to breathe? Do you snore? If so, you may be one of the many Americans suffering from sleep apnea. This sleep disorder causes someone to stop breathing throughout a night of sleep. These cessations in breathing can happens hundreds of time, which causes the fatigue felt by some patients. Dr. Miguel Castillo III, in Mission, Tx. is one of a very select group in the state of Texas who is recognized as Diplomat by The American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM).

Dr. Castillo understands the importance of a good nights sleep and how this relates to a healthier life style. Filling out our sleep medical questionnaire, which references sleep quality, helps give Dr. Castillo a better idea of potential sleep issues which patients may me undergoing. On many occasions, patients will report snoring, tiredness and a lack of good sleep. If our questionnaire and Dr. Castillo's assessment reveals possible sleep disturbances due to airway obstructions, he will recommend the involvement of the patients physician along with other sleep specialists. With the team approach of Dr. Castillo and the patients physician, most sleep issues can be resolved and managed. 

Options for treating sleep apnea include: CPAP machine, custom fitting oral appliances, custom fitting oral face/mask appliances, or a combination of these. There is different surgeries available also. Dr. Castillo offers different custom fitted oral appliances along with the custom fitted oral face/mask appliances.

Without proper treatment, sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease or even stroke. Daytime fatigue is associated with sleep apnea and can lead to accidents. Sleep apnea is usually diagnosed with a sleep study and the results of this study will show if there is any abnormal activity occurring during the patient’s sleep. This diagnosis is necessary when prescribing sleep apnea treatment.

FACTS OF SNORING:

Snoring

Your sleep impacts every aspect of your health and daily life. Sleeping well helps you look, feel and perform your best. But a sleep problem can be harmful to your health and well-being. One of the most common sleep problems is snoring. Learn more about the warning signs and how you can get help.

About Snoring

Snoring is a sound that occurs during sleep when soft tissue in the upper airway vibrates as you breathe. Snoring is extremely common in men, but also occurs frequently in women, especially during pregnancy and after menopause. Obesity, nasal obstruction, alcohol and smoking all increase the risk of snoring. 

The sound of snoring tends to be most disturbing to a bed partner or roommate, but loud snoring can wake the person who snores, too. Loud and frequent snoring is a common sign of obstructive sleep apnea.

How is Snoring Diagnosed?

A doctor must determine if your snoring is a sign that you have obstructive sleep apnea. A doctor who is a sleep specialist can provide you with a complete sleep evaluation. This may involve either an overnight sleep study at a sleep center or a home sleep apnea test. The sleep doctor will interpret the data from your sleep study to make a diagnosis.

How is Snoring Treated?

Research shows that oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. An oral sleep appliance is worn in the mouth only while you sleep and fits like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer. Oral appliances support your jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway.Oral appliances are quiet, portable and easy to care for. 

Losing weight, avoiding alcohol and smoking, and sleeping on your side also can help reduce snoring. If you and your doctor decide that oral appliance therapy is the best treatment option for you, then your doctor will write a prescription for you to receive a custom-made oral appliance. You also will receive a referral to a qualified dentist (Dr Miguel Castillo III) who can provide oral appliance therapy. 

More than 100 oral appliances have received FDA clearance. Your dentist will recommend the device that is best for you. 

Oral appliance therapy is covered by many medical insurance plans.

Get Help

Talk to Dr. Castillo about treatment options for snoring. Ask if oral appliance therapy might be the right solution for you. Get help today to improve your sleep and your health! 

FACTS ABOUT OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA:

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Your sleep impacts every aspect of your health and daily life. Sleeping well helps you look, feel and perform your best. But a sleep problem can be harmful to your health and well-being. One of the most common sleep problems is obstructive sleep apnea. Learn more about the warning signs and how you can get help

About Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Nearly 54 million adults in the U.S. have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which can cause them to stop breathing hundreds of times a night for anywhere from a few seconds to more than a minute. 

Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that occurs when your muscles relax during sleep, allowing soft tissue to collapse and block the airway. As a result, repeated breathing pauses occur, which often reduce your oxygen levels. These breathing pauses are followed by brief awakenings that disturb your sleep. 

Common signs of sleep apnea include snoring and gasping or choking sounds during sleep. Like snoring, sleep apnea is more common in men, but it can occur in women too, especially during and after menopause. Having excess body weight, a narrow airway or misaligned jaw all increase the risk of sleep apnea. 

Is Treating OSA Important?

Treating obstructive sleep apnea is incredibly important to your health. When left untreated, sleep apnea often causes excessive daytime sleepiness or fatigue, as well as morning headaches and memory loss. Sleep apnea also is a threat to your safety as it increases your risk of drowsy driving and workplace accidents. Untreated sleep apnea raises your risk for serious health problems. These include:
 

  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic acid reflux
  • Erectile dysfunction

Severe, untreated sleep apnea even increases your risk of death. 

How is OSA Diagnosed?

A doctor must determine if you have obstructive sleep apnea. A doctor who is a sleep specialist can provide you with a complete sleep evaluation. This may involve either an overnight sleep study at a sleep center or a home sleep apnea test. The sleep doctor will interpret the data from your sleep study to make a diagnosis.
 

How is OSA Treated?

Dr. Castillo will discuss treatment options with you. These options include continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, oral appliance therapy and surgery. 
 

  • CPAP therapy involves wearing a face mask connected by tubing to a constantly running machine.
  • Oral appliance therapy uses a mouth guard-like device - worn only during sleep - to maintain an open, unobstructed airway.
  • Surgical options include a variety of procedures. All have varying side effects and rates of success.

Research shows that oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. An oral appliance is worn in the mouth only while you sleep and fits like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer. Oral appliances support your jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway.

Many patients consider a sleep apnea appliance to be more comfortable to wear than a CPAP mask. Oral appliances also are quiet, portable and easy to care for. 

If you and your doctor decide that oral appliance therapy is the best treatment option for you, then your doctor will write a prescription for you to receive a custom-made sleep apnea appliance. You also will receive a referral to a qualified dentist who can provide oral appliance therapy. More than 100 oral appliances have received FDA clearance. Dr. Castillo will recommend the device that is best for you. Oral appliance therapy is covered by many medical insurance plans.

About Oral Appliance Therapy

Worn only during sleep, an oral appliance fits like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer. It supports the jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway. Research shows that oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. 

If you and your doctor decide that oral appliance therapy is the best treatment option for you, then your doctor will write a prescription for you to receive a custom-made oral appliance. You also will receive a referral to a qualified dentist (Dr. Castillo ) who can provide oral appliance therapy. More than 100 oral appliances have received FDA clearance. Your dentist will recommend the oral appliance that is best for you. Oral appliance therapy is covered by many medical insurance plans. 

Advantages of Oral Appliance Therapy

Oral appliance therapy is an effective, non-invasive treatment that fits easily into your lifestyle. Patients like oral appliance therapy because it is:
 

  • Comfortable
  • Easy to wear
  • Quiet
  • Portable
  • Convenient for travel
  • Easy to care for


How Dr. Castillo Can Help: The First Visit

Dr. Castillo works closely with physicians to treat snoring and sleep apnea. At your first visit, Dr. Castillo will talk to you about the benefits of treatment. You also will receive information on the potential side effects and the cost of therapy. 

Then your Dr. Castillo will conduct a complete clinical evaluation. This will include an examination of your teeth, jaw, tongue and airway, and possibly a new X-ray of your mouth. 
 

Making and Fitting Your Oral Appliance

Oral appliances are customized using digital or physical impressions and models of your teeth. These models are sent to a dental lab where the appliance is made. 

Once your oral appliance is ready, you will return to Dr. Castillo's office for a fitting. Dr. Castillo will adjust the appliance to maximize its comfort and effectiveness. You also will learn how to clean the oral appliance and maintain it. After this fitting, Dr. Castillo may schedule you for a sleep study to verify treatment success. 

Follow-Up Visits

Follow-up visits with Dr. Castillo will be needed to ensure the optimal fit of the oral appliance. Effective oral appliances are always custom fit and adjusted over time to ensure maximum effectiveness. Dr. Castillo also will schedule you for an annual assessment. These routine visits are an important part of your long-term treatment success.

Living with Oral Appliance Therapy

Treating snoring or obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy can help you feel like a new person. You will find that your symptoms, and your quality of life, can improve dramatically when you remain committed to your treatment and use it nightly. It is likely that you will sleep better, have more energy and feel sharper throughout the day. You may find that your bed partner begins to sleep better, too! 

Treating sleep apnea promotes a healthier heart, body, and mind. With Dr. Castillo's help, you can improve your sleep and your health!





Sleep Apnea Mission TXHaving trouble sleeping or simply feel fatigued throughout the day? You could be a candidate for sleep apnea treatment. Call Beautiful Smiles today at (956) 584-1554 for more information or to book an appointment!  

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