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By The Smile Designer
March 14, 2019

For over 25 years, Dr. Maisa Idriss has been helping people achieve optimal oral health and a more attractive appearance. But, did you snoringknow that this Spring, TX, dentist also offers treatment for sleep apnea? If you snore, wake frequently during the night, and are generally fatigued, you may have this sleep disorder, and oral appliance therapy from The Smile Designer can help!

What is sleep apnea?

The National Sleep Foundation reports that about 16 million adult Americans suffer from the sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. Characterized by loud snoring, restless movements, and periodic waking throughout the night, sleep apnea falls into three types:

  • Obstructive, or OSA, caused by the collapse of the soft tissues at the back of the throat
  • Central, or CSA, marked by miscommunication between the brain and the respiratory system
  • Mixed sleep apnea which seems to combine features of both OSA and CSA

Often the chief complaint is excessively loud snoring which sometimes disrupts whole households and affects interpersonal relationships; but there's more! Long-term health effects including the following, can result from sleep apnea:

  • Insomnia
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Dementia
  • Concentration problems
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Type-2 diabetes

Dear Doctor cautions that careful evaluation by a trained sleep physician is essential to pinpointing and treating sleep apnea.

Treating sleep apnea
Sometimes, common sense interventions work well—things such as losing weight, sleeping with a raised head, not eating before bedtime, and cutting down on alcohol consumption. However, sleep physicians often prescribe CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines as well. These bedside machines and their associated face masks introduce a steady stream of oxygen into the airway, keeping it open to prevent snoring and episodes of apnea.

Some people, however, cannot tolerate the noise or the CPAP mask. Others simply don't need such an invasive intervention. That's where oral appliance therapy from our Spring, TX, Dentist's office comes in.

Prescribed and fitted by Dr. Idriss, a customized oral appliance helps patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea stop snoring and breathe well as they sleep. The oral appliance is made from biocompatible acrylic. It moves the lower jaw forward, a position which opens the airway and keeps it open through the night. Patients with OSA report that the treatment is comfortable and produces real results!

Learn more about sleep apnea
Dr. Idriss offers a wide range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental services—oral appliance therapy is just one of them! You can count on her expert and compassionate care to help you and your family achieve optimal oral health. Find out more about sleep apnea and oral appliance therapy through a consultation with The Smile Designer in Spring, TX. Call today for an appointment: (281) 257-8815.

By The Smile Designer
November 09, 2017
Tags: snoring  

Are you snoring consistently and loudly? While you may not even know you're so noisy, certainly your family does, but there's an even snoringgreater cause for concern. Snoring often accompanies a serious health issue called Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA. People with OSA actually stop breathing several times a night. Your dentist in Spring, Dr. Maisa Idriss, at The Smile Designer in Spring, TX offers solutions to stop snoring so you sleep, stay healthy and keep your household happy, too.

How OSA happens

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is more common than you may think. The National Sleep Foundation says it affects about 20 million Americans. While most of these sufferers are males over 40, OSA happens to a wide range of people--even children.

Predisposing factors are obesity, alcohol abuse, snoring, big tonsils and large neck circumference. Unfortunately, this sleep disorder is linked to systemic health problems such as diabetes, stroke, hypertension dementia and heart disease. So, in short, it's no joke.

The mechanism for OSA is pretty straightforward. As a person sleeps, his or her throat relaxes. The soft tissues--tonsils, tongue, and so on--relax, covering the throat, causing the vibration we know as snoring. Also, the lack of oxygen makes the individual startle awake, gasping for air. These apneic episodes may occur up to 100 times a night. The next day, the individual is tired, sleepy, irritable and may have trouble concentrating and remembering things.

How Dr. Idriss can help

If these symptoms sound familiar, don't despair. Dr. Indriss can help. She offers oral appliance therapy, custom-made night splints which hold the jaw and tongue in a more forward position, thus opening the airway and holding it open. These comfortable appliances work well for mild to moderate sleep apnea and may be an excellent alternative to more intrusive therapies such as bedside CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines. CPAP machines deliver a steady stream of air through a nasal mask and keep the airway open. However, people often dislike their noise and feeling of claustrophobia.

Additionally, Dr. Idriss performs in-office oral surgeries to modify excess tissue at the back of the throat. These procedures are comfortably accomplished with the Fontono Lightwalker laser. The tissue reduction procedure--also called NightLase--activates collagen in the uvula, soft palate and tonsils, effectively decreasing their size and creating more room for air to pass.

Take snoring seriously

To stop your snoring, why not contact The Smile Designer in Spring today? You can rest better and feel better with Dr. Indriss's innovative sleep apnea solutions. Call (281) 257-8815.

By The Smile Designer
June 12, 2017
Tags: CPAP  

For many individuals, sleep doesn't provide them with the rest they need; they wake up from a night’s sleep without actually getting any qualityCPAP sleep. This oftentimes can be caused by a condition known as obstructive sleep apnea. This sleep disorder causes the upper airway to be obstructed due to excess tissue. Sleep apnea patients can be successfully treated in Spring, Texas. Their sleep and health can be restored, giving them a good night’s sleep once again.

More about Sleep Apnea Treatment

Common symptoms of sleep apnea include waking up abruptly gasping for air, constant fatigue and loud snoring. When apnea does occur, it sends impulses directly to the brain to wake a person up so that they can restart their normal breathing pattern. If a person stops breathing 30 times or more in a single hour, a patient is diagnosed with sleep apnea disorder.

This disorder should be diagnosed and treated immediately if a patient suspects they do in fact have it. Without proper sleep apnea treatment in Spring Texas, a patient can see increased blood pressure, and a risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Also, someone who has this disorder can have problems functioning throughout the day. A sleep study is the best way to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea.

The Smile Designer uses oral appliances as their primary treatment option to treat mild or moderate sleep apnea. This appliance repositions the jaw forward as well as the tongue, which allows the airways to stay open. For those with more severe cases of sleep apnea, a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine is used to keep the airways open during sleep.

Are you having trouble sleeping at night? To learn more about Spring, Texas, sleep apnea treatment options, schedule an appointment with our professionals at the Smile Designer today by calling 281-257-8815.