Sleep Apnea Specialist

Robert W. Kleypas, DDS

Cosmetic Dentistry & Family Dentistry located in Cypress, TX

The American Sleep Apnea Association estimates that 22 million Americans are living with sleep apnea, and 80% of those individuals have a mild or moderate version of the condition and don’t even realize it. Sleep apnea expert Robert W. Kleypas, DDS, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea at his practice. If you dream of getting a better, more restful night’s sleep, call the Cypress, Texas, office or book a consultation online today.

Sleep Apnea

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that causes you to stop and start breathing multiple times during sleep. Although sleep apnea is impossible to self-diagnose, one of its most common associated symptoms is loud, persistent snoring. 

Are there different types of sleep apnea?

Yes. There are three main types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), central sleep apnea, and complex sleep apnea. 

Obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissues at the back of your throat relax during sleep. Ultimately, this blocks your airflow, preventing adequate amounts of oxygen from reaching your lungs.

OSA affects everyone differently, but some men and women stop breathing dozens of times per hour and hundreds of times per night.

Central sleep apnea

Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain sends improper signals to the muscles that control your breathing. 

Complex sleep apnea

Complex sleep apnea is the rarest type of sleep apnea and is a combination of central and obstructive sleep apnea. 

Who gets sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea can affect anyone, but certain factors increase your risk. For example, if you’re overweight or have enlarged tonsils, you’re also more likely to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. Other risk factors include:

  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Having a larger than average tongue
  • Being diagnosed with diabetes
  • Suffering from high blood pressure

Age and sex also play a role. For example, middle-aged men are much more likely to experience OSA compared to their female counterparts. 

How do dentists treat sleep apnea?

The treatment for sleep apnea depends on your unique situation. Following a thorough in-office exam and review of your medical history, the team can formulate a treatment plan that aligns with your unique needs. 

If your symptoms are mild, your dentist may recommend a mandibular repositioning device (MRD), a type of custom mouthguard that you wear during sleep. 

An MRD pushes your tongue and jaw forward, allowing patients with OSA to breathe more clearly and sleep more comfortably. 

If your symptoms are moderate or severe, your dentist may prescribe a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device. 

To learn more about how dental appliances can treat your sleep apnea, call or use the online booking tool today.