Cecil Taylor had a snoring problem that kept his wife from getting a good night’s sleep. He didn’t realize he wasn’t sleeping well either. Then his dentist, Dr. Jason Hui, asked him if he snored. “He could tell by looking at my tongue,” Cecil says. Dr. Hui referred Cecil to a sleep physician who diagnosed him with obstructive sleep apnea, a condition where the airway is obstructed during sleep, leading to compromised oxygen flow and sleep quality.
Dr. Hui then made a custom oral appliance for Cecil to wear each night—and the results were astounding. Within a week, Cecil noticed a 10-point drop in his blood pressure. “That convinced me we were on to something,” Cecil says. “I never imagined my dentist would discover something that affected my health so much. He’s not only the best dentist I’ve ever been to, but he has improved my overall wellbeing.”
Cecil’s case isn’t that unusual. Drs. Jason Hui and Alan McDavid often see patients in their dental practices with symptoms of sleep apnea and complaints of snoring. Thick tongues, compromised airways, abnormal wear on teeth from grinding, jaw pain, erosion from acid reflux—these can all indicate signs of sleep disorders that are visible intraorally to a trained clinician. “In some patients, we see all the signs of sleep apnea, and yet they say they sleep fine,” Dr. Hui says. “My thought is, maybe they don’t know what good quality sleep feels like.”
While snoring and poor sleep quality go hand-in-hand with medical concerns such as obesity, high blood pressure, fatigue, and more, both dentists found that sleep apnea was a common problem largely ignored. As a result, they founded Texas Sleep Solutions to serve their patients and others suffering from sleep disorders. While Drs. McDavid and Hui continue to work with a network of trusted sleep physicians, they can now screen and treat patients with sleep disorders through their new practice much more effectively.
“Most patients see their physician only once a year and quality of sleep might not even be discussed,” says Dr. McDavid. “We see patients every six months, examine the teeth and soft tissues of the mouth, and often detect signs of sleep apnea.” Patients presenting signs of sleep apnea complete a sleep study—at home or in a sleep center. Drs. Hui and McDavid work with sleep physicians to analyze the results and formulate a treatment plan, making the process simple for patients to get the care they need.
If you snore or suffer from sleep apnea, call Texas Sleep Solutions today. To minimize out-of-pocket expenses for patients, Texas Sleep Solutions accepts most medical insurances, including Medicare. Let Drs. Hui and McDavid change your life by giving you back your ability to get a good night’s sleep.
Schedule a consultation with Texas Sleep Solutions if you:
- snore, gasp, or choke while sleeping
- wake up feeling unrefreshed
- experience morning headaches or grind your teeth at night
- have unexplained high blood pressure
- have an inability to concentrate/loss of memory
- have frequent daytime sleepiness
- have unexplained acid reflux
- have frequent nighttime urination
Jason Hui, DDS and Alan McDavid, DDS
5341 University Drive, Suite 100
McKinney, Texas 75071
Text: Pamela Hammonds
Photo: David Quisenberry