Sleep Apnea: Symptoms, Risk Factors, & Solutions in McKinney, TX

Restore Healthy Sleep Patterns and Get Quality Rest Again

Struggling with sleep apnea can disrupt your daily life and impact your overall well-being. Fortunately, the team at SleepRight McKinney, led by Dr. Paul Lawrence, offers comprehensive sleep apnea treatment options to help you regain control of your sleep patterns. Explore the innovative treatments and expert care available at SleepRight McKinney, ensuring you find the relief you deserve.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is recurrent pauses in breathing or shallow breathing during sleep. These pauses, known as apneas, can last a few seconds to minutes and occur multiple times throughout the night. Sleep apnea disrupts sleep patterns, leading to poor sleep quality and potential health complications.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud and Chronic Snoring: Snoring is a frequent symptom of sleep apnea, often accompanied by choking or gasping sounds during sleep.
  • Pauses in Breathing: Individuals with sleep apnea may experience moments when they stop breathing during sleep. These pauses can last for a few seconds to minutes and may occur multiple times throughout the night.
  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness: People with sleep apnea often feel excessively tired and drowsy during the day, leading to difficulties in staying awake, concentrating, and performing daily tasks.
  • Morning Headaches: Waking up with a headache, particularly in the morning, is another potential symptom.
  • Irritability and Mood Changes: Sleep apnea can lead to mood swings, irritability, and difficulty managing emotions as well as other mental health challenges. 
  • Difficulty Sleeping: Some individuals with sleep apnea may have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep throughout the night.
  • Difficulty Concentrating: Cognitive impairment, memory problems, and difficulty concentrating are common among those with sleep apnea.

Home Sleep Test for Sleep Apnea

A Home Sleep Test (HST) is a convenient and simplified way to screen for sleep apnea from the comfort of your own home. It helps Dr. Lawrence diagnose obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is the most common type of sleep apnea. For some individuals, an in-lab sleep study (polysomnography) may be recommended for a more comprehensive assessment, especially if there are other sleep-related concerns beyond sleep apnea.

Our Comfortable Sleep Apnea Treatments

At SleepRight McKinney, we prioritize a comprehensive and affordable approach to sleep apnea treatment, addressing both the symptoms and underlying causes. Our treatments encompass a range of options, including:

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Therapy

CPAP therapy involves wearing a mask that delivers a continuous flow of air to keep your airways open during sleep. This widely-used treatment effectively reduces apnea episodes and improves sleep quality.

​​Laser Snore Therapy

Laser snore therapy is a non-invasive treatment designed to reduce or eliminate snoring. This therapy targets the tissues in the throat that vibrate and cause snoring sounds. By using focused laser energy, the treatment stimulates collagen production and tightens the tissues, effectively minimizing snoring and improving sleep quality.


VIVOS is a revolutionary approach to addressing sleep and breathing issues, providing individuals with a comprehensive solution for improved sleep quality and overall well-being. Through innovative techniques and personalized care, VIVOS aims to transform lives by addressing a range of sleep-related concerns.

Oral Appliance Therapy

Custom-fitted oral appliances are designed to reposition the jaw and tongue, preventing airway blockages. This non-invasive option is comfortable and convenient for mild to moderate sleep apnea cases.

Surgical Interventions

For severe cases, surgical options may be considered to address anatomical issues causing sleep apnea. Dr. Lawrence will carefully evaluate your condition to determine the most suitable surgical approach.

Lifestyle Modifications

Our team emphasizes the importance of healthy lifestyle changes, such as weight management, regular exercise, and sleep hygiene practices. These modifications can significantly contribute to reducing sleep apnea symptoms.

Pediatric Sleep and Breathing Wellness: Nurturing Healthy Sleep Habits

Pediatric sleep and breathing wellness focus on ensuring healthy sleep patterns and proper breathing in children. Addressing issues such as pediatric sleep apnea, snoring, and mouth breathing is crucial for a child's overall growth and development. Early intervention and expert guidance, such as that provided by specialists at SleepRight McKinney, can set the foundation for a lifetime of optimal sleep and breathing wellness for our youngest patients. 

Causes and Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea

Contrary to popular belief, sleep apnea is a prevalent concern, affecting approximately 22 million Americans. Alarmingly, around 80 percent of moderate to severe cases remain undiagnosed. This condition isn't restricted by age or body type. The following factors elevate the risk of sleep apnea:

  • Obesity: Excess weight, especially around the neck, can lead to narrowing of the airway, increasing the risk of obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Anatomical Factors: Enlarged tonsils, a large tongue, or structural issues in the nose or throat can contribute to airway obstruction.
  • Age: The risk of sleep apnea increases as people age, although it can affect individuals of any age.
  • Family History: A family history of sleep apnea may predispose individuals to the condition.
  • Gender: Men are more likely to develop sleep apnea than women, though the risk for women increases if they are overweight, postmenopausal, or have certain medical conditions.
  • Alcohol and Sedative Use: These substances can relax the muscles in the throat, potentially leading to airway collapse.
  • Smoking: Smokers are at a higher risk of developing sleep apnea due to inflammation and fluid retention in the upper airway.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best treatment for sleep apnea?

The best treatment for sleep apnea depends on the severity of the condition and individual patient factors. However, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is often considered one of the most effective treatments. Consult a sleep specialist to determine the most suitable treatment plan.

Is sleep apnea life-threatening?

Yes, sleep apnea can be life-threatening if left untreated, especially if it is severe. Repeated pauses in breathing during sleep can lead to reduced oxygen levels in the blood, which strains the cardiovascular system and increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other serious health conditions. 

Can sleep apnea go away on its own?

For most individuals, sleep apnea does not typically go away on its own. It often requires targeted treatment to effectively manage symptoms and improve sleep quality. Consulting a sleep specialist can help determine the most appropriate course of action based on individual needs and the severity of the condition.

What can happen if you don't treat sleep apnea?

If left untreated, sleep apnea can have potentially life-threatening consequences. It's important to recognize the potential severity of untreated sleep apnea and seek professional medical help if you suspect you have the condition. Proper diagnosis and treatment can significantly improve your health and well-being.

Say Goodbye to Restless Nights with Customized Sleep Disorder Treatment

Neglecting sleep apnea can have long-lasting repercussions on health, relationships, and career. If you're dealing with sleep apnea, reach out to our McKinney, TX, office for a consultation with Dr. Lawrence at (972) 542-9129. Our tailored solutions, including oral appliances, will pave the way for restful nights and an invigorated life. We also welcome patients from Fairview, Princeton, and Frisco.