Gary N. Pointer, DDS

4901 N. Bryant Irvin Rd, Suite 100 • Fort Worth, TX 76107 • (817) 737-2531

Sleep Apnea

Do you wake yourself snoring? Does your sleeping partner complain about you odd, choppy breathing? Do you ever wake up choking or gasping for air? If so, you probably never thought to talk about the problem with Dr. Pointer. Well, you should.

It’s Time You Have a Good Night’s Sleep

A wife trying to quiet her husband's snoringSnoring and obstructive sleep apnea can stem from a problem with your jaw position. In some cases, the lower jaw relaxes and moves slightly backward during sleep. This position allows soft tissues in the mouth and throat to block airflow. A partial blockage can cause snoring – the sound of tissues vibrating as air pushes past. Complete airflow blockage that occurs for repeated periods of ten seconds or more is known as obstructive sleep apnea or OSA. While snoring can be bothersome, OSA is more serious. It can increase the risk for heart attack, daytime drowsiness, depression, lethargy, forgetfulness, and irritability.

Dr. Pointer can prescribe a comfortable oral appliance, a night guard, that holds the lower jaw in proper position while you sleep. This may eliminate your sleep disorder and restore the fulfilling, restful sleep your body needs to function properly. In some cases, Dr. Pointer refers patients to a sleep lab for clinical diagnosis. Talk with him about your sleep problem the next time you visit. A simple night guard may provide you with sweet dreams.

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Call us at 817.737.2531 or email us at garypointerdds@me.com.

Address
4901 Bryant Irvin Rd #100
Fort Worth, TX 76107

Hours of Operation
Monday: 8:30am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday: 8:30am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 5:30 pm
Thursday: 7:00am - 1:00 pm
Fri - Sat: Closed

Directions
If you are traveling on I-30, you will take the Bryant Irvin exit and go south one and a half miles. From I-20 you will exit Bryant Irvin and go north two miles. Our building is located on the east side of the street, just north of the Trinity River.