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.

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