woman covering ears with pillow in bed while man snores

Snoring isn’t just a nuisance to the person sleeping next to you.

It could be a sign of a potentially dangerous condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (or OSA) is a condition during which breathing stops for several seconds, multiple times each night. Not only does this prevent you from having a restful night’s sleep, it prevents oxygen from flowing to the rest of the body. When your body is deprived of oxygen, every organ, muscle, and cell is affected.

The Symptoms of OSA

Snoring isn’t the only symptom of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Other signs include:

  • Waking up gasping for air
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Mood changes, such as depression and anxiety
  • Waking up with a dry or sore throat

As if the symptoms weren’t bad enough, the associated conditions are potentially dangerous, even deadly. Abnormal heart rhythms, high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke occur with greater frequency in those who suffer with OSA.

How We Can Help

Dr. Michelle Munoz can work with your physician to develop a treatment plan that will allow you breathe normally while you sleep without having your movement and comfort limited by a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. A customized mouthguard can reposition your lower jaw and allow your airway to remain open as you sleep. The results? You’ll wake up rested, enjoy improved health, and you’ll stop hearing complaints about your snoring.

To inquire about Sleep Apnea treatment, contact our Uvalde, Texas practice to schedule an appointment with Michelle Munoz, DDS.

How Sleep Apnea affects the Nation


Americans suffer from Sleep Apnea.


of moderate to severe cases go undiagnosed.


more likely to die in a car accident.


greater chance of having a stroke.

* https://www.bergerhenryent.com/sleep-apnea-statistics-2016/  –  https://www.soclean.com/sleep-talk/2017/09/07/10-sleep-apnea-facts/

The Dangers of Obstructive Sleep Apnea:

  • 1. Health Risks

    Those who suffer from sleep apnea are more likely to develop diabetes, have heart disease, or experience a stroke.

  • 2. Weight Gain

    Sleep apnea causes hormones to become imbalanced, affecting your hunger and satiety levels; this can make it difficult to lose weight

  • 3. Relationship Struggles

    The snoring that is often caused by sleep apnea can keep others in your home awake, too, robbing them of a good night’s sleep.

  • 4. Personal Safety

    Those who have sleep apnea are more likely to get into accidents at work, at home, and while driving due to constant exhaustion.

  • 5. Behavioral Shifts

    Sleep apnea sufferers are prone to mood disorders like depression and anxiety.

Sleep better, breath better and be happier!