Do you frequently wake up feeling tired or frustrated? Are you having a difficult time paying attention at work, or having patience with your kids? A lack of quality sleep can cause a host of issues for you, both physically and mentally. Fortunately, if Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the cause of your problems, a dentist might be able to offer a fast and effective solution. Sleep appliances are minimally invasive ways of addressing OSA, and often a welcome alternative to the much more cumbersome Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines.
Sleep Apnea Is a Dangerous Condition
While loud snoring is the most commonly recognized warning sign of sleep apnea, it is only one potential side effect of the condition. Many patients also report feeling irritable and even depressed, when suffering from sleep apnea. Difficulties concentrating are often common, as well.
Over time, sleep apnea can also lead to increased risk of high blood pressure and other heart-related issues, including heightened risk of heart attack and stroke. This is why both dentists and general doctors highly recommend treating sleep apnea, rather than suffering from the condition in silence.
Oral Appliances Can Often Help Treat Sleep Apnea
Sleep appliances are often one of the fastest and most effective ways of addressing sleep apnea. That is because a custom device, like a SomnoDent sleep appliance, can be made to help keep the soft tissues out of one’s airway, allowing for more consistent breathing throughout the night. CPAP machines are another common way of treating sleep apnea. Unfortunately, many find the machines too loud or cumbersome to sleep well with them. Oral appliances are a great alternative.
About Your Spring, TX, Sleep Experts:
At Stephens and Gatewood Dentistry, located in Spring, TX, we proudly deliver modern, quality dental care in a welcoming, comfortable environment to patients and families throughout the community. We also offer customized, expert sleep solutions to help you alleviate snoring and sleep apnea symptoms. Though we are located in Spring, we also welcome patients from Houston, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation with one of our experts, call Stephens and Gatewood Dentistry today at 281-320-2000. Se Habla Espanol!