Rest Easier With Sleep Apnea Treatment
Estimates vary, but many experts suggest more than 12 million people have difficulty sleeping due obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). For patients with the disorder, the soft tissues in the throat and mouth are abnormally enlarged or become too relaxed during sleep, subsequently collapsing and cutting off their airflow. Their brains and bodies are forced awake after several moments of not breathing. Despite having no memory of these episodes, patients can be jolted awake hundreds of times in a single night, leaving them exhausted during the day. If you suffer from OSA, then we can help treat the issue, allowing you to rest easier.
How Do You Treat Sleep Apnea?
Patients with the disorder often encounter daytime drowsiness, moodiness, difficulty concentrating, chronic snoring, or they may wake up gasping for air/choking. If these warning signs sound familiar, then see us soon for a thorough diagnosis.
To treat sleep apnea, we may recommend a custom-designed oral appliance. Worn at night, the device looks and functions like a mouthguard, but is smaller and much more comfortable. The appliance allows your lower jaw to rest slightly forward, just enough to prevent soft tissues from obstructing your airflow. We can also recommend specific changes to your sleeping habits to reduce the risk of future apneic episodes.
If you believe that you or your sleeping partner may have sleep apnea, then schedule a consultation with us today by calling Cleveland Family Dentistry at (281) 592-1234. We also proudly serve patients and their families from Kingwood, New Caney, Conroe, Livingston, Huffman, and all surrounding communities.