For many years, a mask connected to a loud machine was the only real option for addressing serious cases of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). However, your Spring, TX, dentists can offer an alternative, one that not only fits comfortably, but is quiet and easy to use. In today’s blog, we’re taking a look at our personalized sleep solutions.
CPAP vs. Personalized Sleep Solutions
The CPAP mask is worn over the nose and mouth. A hose connects the mask to a machine that pumps air, so you breathe throughout the night, avoiding the apneic episodes that cause cessation of breathing and interrupt our sleep cycles. However, these are loud and cumbersome for people to use. While effective, if people elect not to wear them due to discomfort, this doesn’t allow them to actually enjoy better sleep. With an oral appliance, we have a device that looks and fits like a mouthguard, but actually repositions the jaw to ensure we breathe without interruption and avoid the collapse of soft tissues that often causes apenic episodes and cessation of breathing.
When to Seek Treatment
Warning signs of trouble often include chronic nightly snoring, dry mouth, headaches and migraines, and irritability during the day. Exhaustion during the waking hours, trouble staying awake, and difficulty concentrating on tasks at work or school could also mean trouble. If you begin to experience one or more of these symptoms, then you should contact our team right away to seek treatment. We would love to help you enjoy a better night’s rest and a better quality of life as a result. Often, this is accomplished with a device we create based on careful impressions and measurements taken of your smile, ensuring a comfortable fit and treatment with accuracy and precision.
Better Home Habits
You can also take steps to help you rest better from home. For example, be sure you sleep on your side instead of your back. Go to bed and wake up daily at the same times, even one weekends. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption before bed, as well as vigorous exercise, large meals, or caffeinated products. Keep your bedroom dark and cool, and avoid screens right before bed, such as computers, TVs, or smartphones. With a few changes to your routine you may find yourself able to rest easier. If you have any questions about treating sleep apnea, or if you think you could benefit from our personalized sleep solutions, the please contact our team today to learn more!
Do You Have Trouble Sleeping?
We have custom-made devices to help people rest easier and enjoy improved quality of life during their waking hours. To learn more about our sleep apnea treatment options, then call Houston Sleep Solutions in Spring, TX, at (281) 320-2000, or in Pearland, TX, at (832) 564-3508.