If sleep apnea is interfering with your ability to achieve restful sleep, the Mandibular Advancement Device from The Smile Designer could provide the help you need. This is an oral appliance designed to keep the airway open while you sleep so there are no interruptions in breathing. The result? Waking in the morning feeling rested and refreshed! We provide sleep apnea treatment at The Smile Designer in Spring, TX, where Dr. Maisa Idriss can fit you for such an oral appliance.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a condition associated with brief pauses in breathing throughout your sleep period due to a collapsed or blocked airway. The condition prevents air from readily reaching the lungs. The pauses in breathing tend to interfere with a person’s ability to sleep soundly, therefore many people with sleep apnea wake up feeling unrested. Symptoms associated with sleep apnea include:
- Gasping for breath
- Interrupted breathing
- Feeling unrested upon waking
- Headaches upon waking
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling irritable throughout the day
- Feeling sleepy throughout the day
Several factors can increase a person’s risk of developing sleep apnea some of which include being overweight, having high blood pressure, being middle-aged, or having a family history of the condition. Also, men tend to develop sleep apnea more often than women. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, visit our dental practice in Spring, TX, where we offer treatment for sleep apnea.
Oral Appliance Treatment
For many years, the primary treatment for sleep apnea was CPAP therapy. CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. With CPAP therapy, a machine and sleep mask are used together to deliver consistent air pressure to the airway so it does not collapse while you sleep. CPAP therapy is an extremely effective treatment for sleep apnea, but it can be overwhelming for some patients. Fortunately, there is a modern alternative called oral appliance treatment.
Like CPAP therapy, oral appliance therapy also keeps the airway open while sleeping. An oral appliance like our Mandibular Advancement Device keeps the airway open so you can sleep soundly without any interruptions in breathing during the night. It fits right in the mouth like a retainer and is much less cumbersome than CPAP therapy. Further, your oral appliance can be custom made for the best fit possible by Dr. Idriss at The Smile Designer! To schedule an appointment with the doctor call The Smile Designer at (281) 257-8815.