Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a disorder in which an individual experiences shallow breath or even stops breathing during sleep. Most often, sleep apnea is caused by a relaxation of the muscles in the throat. This relaxation blocks the passage of air. A partial blockage leads to snoring while a full blockage can cause the sleeping person to jump or gasp in order to keep breathing. This process of gasping can repeat up to 30 times per hour.

Sleep apnea is difficult to discover and diagnose. Most people with sleep apnea are unaware that they have the condition, as they don’t often wake up from sleep due to gasping or shortness of breath. They do, however, feel the effects. Poor sleep quality due to sleep apnea can result in daytime fatigue, sore throat, morning headaches and depression. Sleep apnea has also been known to increase the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes. A recent study even revealed a link to cancer.


Dental Treatments for Sleep Apnea

While individuals with severe sleep apnea may require a CPAP machine or surgery, many patients don’t qualify for either. For people with mild to moderate sleep apnea, there are two dental devices used for treating sleep apnea.

  • Mandibular advancement device – this popular appliance resembles a mouth guard and works by forcing the lower jaw down and forward, thereby keeping the airway open.
  • Tongue retaining device – this is a splint that holds the tongue down, making sure it doesn’t fall back and block incoming air.


Advantages of Dental Sleep Apnea Devices

  • Improved sleep
  • Reduction in snoring
  • No surgery
  • No frustrating CPAP machine


Schedule a Sleep Apnea Assessment Today!

Sleep is one of the most important functions of a healthy lifestyle. A Beautiful Smile offers sleep apnea treatments for patients in the Houston and Sugar Land areas. Contact us today for more information on how our dental staff identifies and treats sleep apnea patients.

Call us for a free consultation at (281) 549-5177 or visit us at A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe in Sugar Land, TX. 

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