Sleep Apnea Treatment in Sugar Land, TX

Sleep Apnea Treatment in Sugar Land, TX

A lot of people suffer from sleep apnea, but very few people are aware that their dentist can actually help! Here at Aliana Family Dental, we are qualified to diagnose and help treat sleep apnea through oral dental appliance treatments.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a disorder where someone stops breathing throughout their sleep. This is because their airway becomes obstructed. Muscles in your mouth and throat relax while sleeping so they can begin to heal. With some people, these muscles and soft fatty tissues relax into the upper airway, blocking oxygen from flowing freely.

Your brain is constantly waking throughout the night to tell your respiratory system that it needs to work harder and start breathing again. Dentistry is able to help with this process.

A sleep study will help diagnose sleep apnea and determine the best therapy and treatment options. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices are the most common therapy. These use a mask to blow air through your lungs. If you have milder sleep apnea, dental devices can work well.

Dental Appliances

There are two types of dental devices – mandibular advancement devices (MADs) and tongue retaining mouthpieces. A MAD looks a lot like a sports mouthguard or a retainer. They snap over the mouth and fit upper and lower teeth. These push your jaw and tongue forward while you sleep, preventing the muscles from relaxing into your airways. These are adjustable so they can be fitted to each individual patient.

Tongue retaining mouthpieces are similar, but they have a special compartment for the tongue. These use suction to keep your tongue held forward so that it can’t relax into your airway and obstruct breathing.

Dental devices are much more comfortable to wear to sleep than CPAP masks. A CPAP machine may dry out your nose and throat, leaving sinuses feeling achy every morning. They can also get knocked around when sleepers move constantly. Oral devices don’t have any of those issues. The downside is that oral devices can leave your jaw and gums sore.

Qualifications

If you have mild sleep apnea, then you may respond well to these treatments. Contact your Sugar Land, TX sleep clinic to schedule a sleep study and ask them about the dental device treatment options. Once they approve it, come see us for treatment!

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