Sleep Apnea Specialist

Primary Medicine of Sherman

Primary Care Physician & Addiction Medicine located in Sherman, TX & Plano, TX

More than 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea today. If you’re struggling with sleep apnea symptoms like snoring, daytime drowsiness, and depression, Robert Hernandez, MD, and the Primary Medicine of Sherman team are ready to help. Use online scheduling or call the Sherman or Plano, Texas, office to book your sleep apnea appointment today.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a group of conditions that causes you to stop breathing while sleeping. The three types of sleep apnea are:

Obstructive sleep apnea

By far the most common variety of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea happens when the muscles at the back of your throat relax too much while you're asleep. This allows your tongue and the other soft tissues at the back of your mouth to partially block your airway. 

Central sleep apnea

Central sleep apnea is a rare type of sleep apnea with neurological origins. If you suffer from this kind of sleep apnea, your brain doesn't send the correct messages to the muscles involved in breathing. Central sleep apnea is sometimes a secondary condition in patients who suffer from problems like stroke or congestive heart failure.

Complex sleep apnea syndrome

Complex sleep apnea sufferers have both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. This type of sleep apnea was originally discovered when patients thought to be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea didn't respond to treatment that opened their airways, which indicated a neurological issue.

All of the types of sleep apnea cause you to stop breathing while you sleep, which means they're dangerous and require treatment.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

For many patients, the first symptom of sleep apnea is snoring. Your partner may tell you that you snore loudly, or you might even startle yourself awake with the snoring. Other sleep apnea symptoms may include:

  • Waking up with a dry mouth
  • Headache upon awakening
  • Gasping to breathe while asleep
  • Daytime sleepiness 
  • Poor concentration 
  • Memory problems
  • Depression

Sleep apnea sufferers are more likely to have cracked teeth, worn teeth, and cavities because they're prone to teeth grinding and open-mouth sleeping that encourages tooth decay.

How is sleep apnea treated?

Sleep apnea treatment often starts with lifestyle changes. For example, losing extra weight, cutting back on alcohol consumption, and stopping smoking may relieve your sleep apnea symptoms. Treating underlying and coexisting conditions like allergies can also help. 

Continuous positive airway pressure machines, which keep airflow steady while you're sleeping, are often an effective solution for sleep apnea. Another option may be oral appliances, which fit in your mouth to position your lower jaw so your air isn't cut off while sleeping. 

Dr. Hernandez, Brittany Brown, NP, or Julie Thomison, NP, will customize a sleep apnea solution to help you rest well again.

Use the online scheduler or call the Primary Medicine of Sherman office nearest you to make your appointment now.