Often, people seeking obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) treatment have worn a CPAP machine. Cumbersome and uncomfortable, the device is often abandoned while the user continues to suffer from the complications of OSA. Fortunately, we can offer our Pearland, TX, patients an alternative with a sleep appliance.
How Does OSA Occur?
Sleep apnea is a disorder that develops when the soft tissues in the back of the mouth and in the throat become too relaxed, subsequently collapsing and blocking air passages until the person stops breathing. The brain then wakes the patient to start breathing, preventing restful and uninterrupted sleep. The causes can range from excessive alcohol consumption and poor sleep habits, to throat circumference and sinus issues. Part of your treatment plan may include a plan for better sleep habits.
The Warning Signs You Need Treatment
Signs you may need to see us include daytime exhaustion, moodiness, dry mouth in the mornings, headaches, and waking suddenly in the night gasping for air or choking. Patients with the disorder also often report chronic snoring as well. If one or more of these signs apply to you, then see us right away. Lack of treatment can mean a greater risk of high blood pressure, depression, stroke, and heart attack. Treating the issue is essential for maintaining good overall health.
The Benefits of an Oral Appliance
An oral appliance offers a comfortable and minimally-invasive solution to sleep apnea. The device appears similar to a nightguard. When worn, the device repositions the jaw, often moving it forward to keep air passages open and prevent apneic episodes. We have a number of devices available, including SomnoDent®, ProSomnus®, and Narval™ devices. Each one will be customized for the patient, ensuring quality treatment and a comfortable treatment experience. If you have any questions or concerns about recognizing sleep apnea, or about our oral appliance treatment options, then contact our team today.
Ready to Try a Sleep Appliance?
We’re ready to help you sleep easier with a custom-made sleep appliance. To learn more, call Houston Sleep Solutions in Spring, TX, at (281) 320-2000, or in Pearland, TX, at (832) 564-3508.