Sleep Apnea Specialist

Jacinto Medical Group

Family Practice & Neurologists located in Baytown, TX & La Porte, TX

Do you wake up in the morning with a dry mouth? Are you feeling exhausted during the day even though you get a full eight hours of sleep at night? You may have sleep apnea. The team at Jacinto Medical Group, with offices in Baytown and La Porte, Texas, specializes in diagnosing and treating sleep apnea. For an evaluation, call your nearest office or schedule an appointment online.

Sleep Apnea

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which your breathing starts and stops repeatedly as you sleep. There are three main types of sleep apnea:

Obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common and occurs when your upper airway gets blocked due to the relaxation of your throat muscles.

Central sleep apnea

Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain doesn’t give your respiratory system the signals required for breathing.

Complex sleep apnea syndrome

Complex sleep apnea syndrome occurs when you have both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a dangerous condition and should be evaluated if you suspect you have it.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

No matter the type, symptoms of sleep apnea tend to be similar. Common symptoms include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Dry mouth when you wake up
  • Inability to stay asleep
  • Feeling tired during the day
  • Morning headache
  • Irritability or difficulty paying attention

Your sleeping partner may also tell you that you stop breathing when you sleep.

How is sleep apnea diagnosed?

Jacinto Medical Group has a sleep evaluation center and if the team suspects you have sleep apnea, they may send you to the center for a complete evaluation.

While at the center, the specialists monitor your breathing while you sleep to determine whether you have obstructive or central sleep apnea.

How is sleep apnea treated?

The team at Jacinto Medical Group takes an individualized approach to the treatment of your sleep apnea based on the severity of your symptoms. If you have a mild case of sleep apnea, you may be able to improve your breathing by making lifestyle changes such as losing weight.

For more serious cases of sleep apnea, the team may recommend special therapies to help keep your airway open at night. These therapies may include:

CPAP machine

A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine delivers air at a pressure greater than the room, which helps keep your airway passage open.

Oral appliance

An oral appliance is a device that you place in your mouth to help keep your airway open while you sleep. These devices are usually used in conjunction with a CPAP.

Other airway pressure tools

If you can’t tolerate a CPAP machine, the team at Jacinto Medical Group may recommend other devices that help you breathe naturally while you sleep.

If the above therapies fail to provide sleep apnea relief, the team may suggest surgery to help improve your nighttime breathing.

Jacinto Medical Group specializes in sleep disorders and can diagnose and treat your sleep apnea. Call today or schedule an appointment online.