Sleep Apnea Treatment
It’s fairly widely-known now that sleep has a dramatic impact not just on your everyday functioning, but on your health and overall well-being. Patients who suffer from sleep apnea have their sleep disrupted and may be at risk for an increase in severe health problems. You may be surprised to learn that dentists can help treat this condition. If you are affected by sleep apnea in Sugar Land, visit Colony Dental for sleep apnea treatment.
Sleep apnea in dentistry
Dental sleep medicine is a special area in dentistry that focuses on the use of oral appliance therapy to treat sleep-disordered breathing such as snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This method for treating OSA is helpful for patients who have trouble tolerating continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy or who simply prefer an alternate treatment.
Signs of sleep apnea
A common warning sign for OSA is loud snoring. Patients may also notice waking up with a very sore or dry throat, sleepiness while driving or throughout the day, morning headaches, restless sleep, and forgetfulness. Occasionally waking up with a choking or gasping sensation is another clear sign of obstructive sleep apnea.
Oral appliance therapy
The most common treatment for sleep apnea is by using a machine that provides continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. This machine keeps the airway open to aid with airflow by providing forced air through flexible tubing. Though it is fairly effective, it can be uncomfortable and difficult to use. At Colony Dental, we provide oral appliance therapy, which is more comfortable, quieter, portable, and easy to wear. The appliance is custom-fit and is designed to be worn in the mouth only during sleep. It fits like a retainer and prevents the airway from collapsing by supporting the jaw in a forward position. Oral appliance therapy can also help patients who snore but do not have obstructive sleep apnea.
If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and are interested in treatment other than using a CPAP machine, make an appointment at Colony Dental to discuss oral appliance therapy with our dentist in Sugar Land.