Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance – Dallas, TX
Breathe Easier with Oral Appliance Therapy
Are you struggling to get the rest you need? It may not be the result of a bad mattress or high-stress levels. Instead, you could suffer from an underlying disorder called sleep apnea. Although there are different forms of it, the most common type is obstructive sleep apnea. It causes you to stop breathing frequently throughout the night. Not only does this decrease your quality of life, but it can also have potentially deadly complications if you do not treat it right away. Now, you can get the relief you need without using a CPAP machine. An oral appliance is a comfortable and effective solution to get the rest you need.
Dangers of Sleep Apnea
When your soft tissues in the back of your mouth and throat collapse, it causes a blockage in your airway. This can make you stop breathing frequently throughout the night with each event lasting for longer than one minute.
Although it may not seem like an immediate concern, you will experience a variety of complications if you do not get treatment quickly. The pauses in your breathing prevent you from reaching REM sleep. This makes you feel tired throughout the day, which can lead to irritability, depression, and loss of cognitive abilities. Over time, sleep deprivation can occur, significantly increasing your risk of workplace and auto accidents.
The lack of proper oxygen levels also places strain on your heart. This increases your risk of heart attack and stroke. You can also develop several other health concerns.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
It can be difficult to tell if you are having symptoms of sleep apnea because the more prevalent ones occur while you are sleeping; however, you can notice signs in other areas of your life as well, such as:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Loud, chronic snoring
- Pauses in breathing while sleeping
- Waking often choking or gasping for air
- Waking with a try mouth or sore throat
- Morning headache
- Difficult concentrating
- Mood changes
- High blood pressure
- Nighttime sweating
- Short-term memory loss
Oral Appliance Therapy
Traditionally, sleep apnea is treated using a CPAP machine. A mask is worn over your mouth and nose to deliver a steady stream of air from a machine to prevent pauses in breathing. Although it is effective, it can be bothersome. As an alternative, many people with mild to moderate sleep apnea prefer an oral appliance.
The custom-fit device repositions your lower jaw forward to keep your airway open. This helps to prevent your soft tissue from collapsing and blocking your airway. When compared to a CPAP machine, it offers unmatched convenience and comfort. It is also portable, easy to use, and simple to maintain.
Get the Relief You Need
If you have sleep apnea, do not put your life at risk. Restore a restful night’s sleep and breathe easier with oral appliance therapy. Dr. Kwon creates the customized treatment plan you need. Contact Dallas Dental Implant Center today to schedule your consultation.