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For over 25 years, Dr. Maisa Idriss has been helping people achieve optimal oral health and a more attractive appearance. But, did you know 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:
- Daytime fatigue
- Sexual dysfunction
- Concentration problems
- Heart attack
- 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.
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines aren't the only way to treat sleep apnea symptoms. Many people find CPAP machines and dental devices uncomfortable and resign themselves to living with the condition. Unfortunately, failing to treat the condition can raise your risk of several serious health problems, including strokes, heart disease, and diabetes. With the help of our Spring, TX, dentist, Dr. Maisa Idriss, NightLase, an innovative laser treatment, can reduce or eliminate your sleep apnea symptoms in just three treatments.
Tightening throat tissue reduces sleep apnea symptoms
Excess tissue in your throat can interfere with airflow to your lungs, causing snoring and frequent breathing pauses. Sleep apnea doesn't just affect the quality of your sleep but also causes daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, morning headaches, irritability and other symptoms.
The NightLase procedure, available in our Spring office, opens up your airway by tightening and shrinking throat tissue and lifting your upper palate. Tightening occurs when the heat generated by Fontano Lightwalker laser spurs the formation of new collagen. As the collagen forms, your tissues gradually become tauter and no longer interfere with breathing. The laser has a beneficial effect on tissues in the throat, tonsils, soft palate and uvula.
Treatments are painless and effective
Pain is a common and understandable concern of patients undergoing NightLase treatment. Although your throat may feel a little warm during your treatment, pain won't be an issue. Most people need three Nightlase treatments spaced several weeks apart. You may begin to notice positive changes after your first treatment, but it will probably take up to six months to experience the full effects of NightLase.
Although Nightlase is very effective, it's not a permanent solution to sleep apnea and snoring. The effects generally last six months to one year. Luckily, you can repeat your treatments periodically to ensure that your symptoms don't return.
NightLase treatments help you avoid the serious consequences of sleep apnea and reduce snoring and other related apnea symptoms. Are you interested in learning if you're a good candidate for the treatment? Call our Spring, TX, dentist, Dr. Idriss, at (281) 257-8815 to schedule an appointment.