Houston Sleep Apnea
Houston Sleep Apnea, PLLC, has been built on a foundation of trust by treating patients with respect and dignity. Trust is vital to a successful doctor patient relationship. We understand how uneasy some patients can feel about their health care visits, and we know that we can make a difference by providing a relaxing and positive experience. Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with excellent, personalized care and 5 star service to ensure your visits are as comfortable and pleasant as possible.
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Sleep Apnea Treatment
The long-term health risks associated with sleep apnea can be very serious. Failure to treat the condition can result in a greater risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, gastric reflux, and or high blood pressure. For this reason, it is crucial that you seek sleep apnea treatment as soon as you notice any warning signs.
Dr. Michael J. Landry, a “Qualified Dentist” in Dental Sleep Medicine has been treating sleep apnea patients in the Houston since 2004. He can determine if you are at risk and work with you and sleep physicians to prescribe and design a customized treatment plan to ensure your long-term health.
If you think you or a loved one may be suffering from sleep apnea, please call 281.612.3153 today to schedule a sleep apnea evaluation at our beautiful Houston office.
Diagnosing Your Condition
Dr. Landry will screen patients for OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) or CSA (Central Sleep Apnea) using questionnaires, physically evaluating the airway. If he determines you are at-risk, he will order an At-Home” sleep study. Dr. Landry works in concert with a Medical Sleep Physician for complete evaluation and diagnosis. If oral appliance therapy is prescribed to be the most appropriate treatment option, or if the patient is CPAP intolerant, the sleep physician will write a prescription for an oral appliance. Dr. Landry as a qualified dentist, will manufacture the oral appliance and monitor the oral appliance therapy as a crucial member of the treatment team with the sleep physician.
Dr. Landry will monitor and provide follow-up to ensure the optimal fit of the oral appliance.
Treatment Options For Mild Cases Of Sleep Apnea
If you only suffer from a mild case of sleep apnea, Dr. Landry may simply recommend a series of lifestyle adjustments to keep your airway open while you sleep. These often include:
· Cutting back on alcohol consumption
· Quitting smoking
· Losing weight
· Modifying your sleeping position so that you are on your side instead of your back
· Eliminating heavy meals right before bedtime
· Using additional pillows to elevate your head and facilitate breathing while you sleep
Oral Appliance Therapy
With oral appliance therapy, you will wear a customized mouthpiece during sleep to maintain an open airway. These FDA-approved devices perform several important functions to prevent your soft tissue from collapsing and blocking your airway:
· Stabilize your tongue and jaw to eliminate any airway obstructions
· Reposition your soft palate, tongue, and lower jaw
· Support your muscles to help prevent a collapse of your airway
For decades, CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) was considered the gold standard for sleep apnea treatment. It is a device that utilizes a mask worn over your nose and mouth to deliver a constant flow of air pressure while you sleep. This air pressure helps keep your airway open, which keeps you breathing all night.
While CPAP is an effective sleep apnea treatment method, many patients find the device to be rather uncomfortable and as a result, they do not utilize or treat this life-threatening condition.
Dr. Landry knows that patient compliance is the key to efficacy, so he will work hand-in-hand with both you and the sleep medicine physician.