Sleep Apnea Specialist

Kenneth Gonzales, D.D.S., P.L.L.C.

General & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Corpus Christi, TX

If you wake yourself up from loud snoring or a feeling of breathlessness, you may have a dangerous condition called sleep apnea. At the dental offices of Kenneth Gonzales, DDS, PLLC, Dr. Delaine R. Farias provides specialized care for men and women struggling with sleep apnea. Call the office or use the online scheduler to book an appointment to discuss solutions now.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

Kenneth Gonzales, D.D.S., P.L.L.C.

What is sleep apnea?

If you stop and start breathing multiple times per hour during your sleep, you may have sleep apnea. It’s a dangerous condition because the repetitive pauses in breathing deprive your brain of oxygen.

Interruptions in your sleep can lead to memory problems, hypertension, and heart disease. There are three types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea: caused by a physical blockage
  • Central sleep apnea: an interference in your breathing due to improper brain signals
  • Mixed sleep apnea: a combination of obstructive and central sleep apnea

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Unless someone tells you about your snoring and waking, you may not even know you have sleep apnea. Symptoms that might mean you have sleep apnea include:

  • Morning headaches
  • Dry mouth when you wake
  • Waking suddenly with shortness of breath
  • Feeling tired after a full night’s sleep
  • Irritability
  • Brain fog
  • Loud snoring
  • Choking feeling during your sleep
  • Learning difficulties

Depending on how severe your sleep apnea is, you may sleep and wake dozens of times each night.

What problems can sleep apnea cause?

Unfortunately, sleep apnea can lead to some very serious conditions, such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure

To fend off these serious conditions, it’s important to seek care from Dr. Delaine R. Farias.

What treatments are available for sleep apnea?

There are a number of viable solutions for sleep apnea. Dr. Farias evaluates your sleep disorder and customizes a treatment plan that addresses your unique needs. Some of the ways she may use to treat your condition are:

  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine
  • Dental appliance
  • Weight-loss guidance
  • Surgery

She may recommend a treatment plan that combines one or two of these different solutions.

What can I expect from a dental appliance treatment?

Similar to a mouthguard, a dental appliance keeps your mouth in a position that reduces or eliminates snoring and sleep apnea. Typically, it takes two appointments to measure, fabricate, and fit your dental appliance.

Dr. Farias has extensive experience in helping men and women stop snoring. To meet with her for a custom sleep apnea consultation, call the office of Kenneth Gonzales, DDS, PLLC or use the online scheduler to book an appointment today.