For months, has your significant other been complaining about your loud snoring, and how little sleep he or she is getting as a result? Even at work, has your boss started to take notice of your frequent yawning and inability to concentrate? While driving, do you even worry about dozing off behind the wheel? If so, you could be suffering from a sleeping disorder, one of the most common of which is a dangerous condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Not only can OSA negatively impact the restfulness of your sleep. It can also lead to increased risk of heart-related conditions, depression and other medical problems, because it involves lapses in breathing during the night. The great news is that your dentist might be able to offer a fast and minimally invasive solution, in the form of a sleep appliance.
Have You Heard of OSA?
Chances are, you may have already heard of sleep apnea, either from friends or family members who have been diagnosed with the condition. Millions of Americans are believed to be suffering with OSA, which untreated can lead to increasing health risks.
Fortunately, the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machines that doctors frequently recommend are not the only way to deal with OSA symptoms. In fact, many dentists can offer a less invasive alternative, in the form of a customized sleep appliance.
How Does a Sleep Appliance Work?
Sleep appliances are similar to mouthguards, in the sense that they are customized plastic trays one can wear. However, unlike the mouthguards used to aid in orthodontic treatment, or even to protect the smile during contact sports, a sleep appliance is specifically designed to help keep soft tissues from blocking one’s airway as he or she sleeps. In doing so, a sleep appliance can allow for more consistent airflow, and therefore a better night’s rest.
Sleep Better with OSA Treatment
If you could be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, it’s important to seek treatment. To schedule a consultation, call Houston Sleep Solutions in Spring, TX, at (281) 320-2000, or in Pearland, TX, at (832) 564-3508.