Do you not feel fully rested after a long night’s sleep? Has a sleeping partner alerted you to loud snoring or even pauses in your breathing while you sleep? Do you frequently wake up with a morning headache? If so, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with Richardson Dentistry.
These are common symptoms of sleep apnea, a condition that occurs when the soft tissues at the rear of the mouth slide back during sleep and obstruct the airway opening. Sleep apnea does not just interfere with your sleep. It is also linked to other health problems, such as obesity, stroke, and heart attacks. A person with sleep apnea can even stop breathing periodically during the night.
In the past, the primary treatment method for obstructive sleep apnea was a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask that fits over the mouth and nose and forces a stream of air into the airway to keep it open. However, many patients find this device uncomfortable and inconvenient.
Fortunately, there are alternatives to the CPAP mask, and our esteemed dental team can help you find the right solution. Richardson Dentistry can provide you with a plastic device, similar to a mouthguard, which is specifically designed to hold the tongue and jaw in certain positions in order to prevent soft tissues from collapsing and blocking the airway in your mouth. These devices are much easier to tolerate and are more convenient to maintain and travel with, as well.
Compliance with mouthguard-style treatments tends to be much higher than with the CPAP devices because these modern oral appliances are far more comfortable. Our trusted dentists in Richardson are happy to provide patients with better ways to improve their health, quality of sleep, and overall well-being.