Despite the fact that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) affects an estimated millions of people, many of them don’t realize that they have the condition. Of those that have been diagnosed, many may not realize that they have a more comfortable treatment option than a traditional CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine and mask. Our goal is to help more people understand their condition, their different options for addressing it, and the importance of treatment to their overall health and wellbeing. That’s why we offer everyone a complimentary sleep apnea consultation at our Houston, TX, sleep solutions offices.
During Your Consultation
With extensive experience in helping patients address their sleep-breathing concerns, we’re well-versed in the issues that can lead to chronic snoring and sleep apnea. For example, most instances of airway obstruction are caused by malformed and/or overrelaxed oral tissues and structures. During your free consultation, one of our sleep experts will thoroughly evaluate your head, neck, and throat for signs of potential snoring and sleep apnea risks. You’ll also fill out a comprehensive sleep questionnaire regarding your sleeping habits and the quality of rest you experience each night. We may also recommend a take-home sleep test that accurately measures and registers data about your sleeping habits overnight.
About the Benefits of a Custom Appliance
Another part of your consultation will include a personal discussion with your sleep expert about the important benefits of treating your sleep apnea with a custom-designed appliance. Traditionally, a CPAP machine helps you avert airway obstruction as you sleep by supplying a steady stream of oxygen as you sleep. By contrast, a custom appliance keeps your airway open by comfortably supporting your lower jawbone, which provides several benefits such as:
- No need for a mask or noisy machine
- Optimal comfort through the appliance’s custom design
- Easier, more natural, and more comfortably breathing
- Improved sleep for you and your loved ones
What to Do Next
If your sleep test reveals that you have sleep apnea, or if we determine during your consultation that you’re a good candidate for a sleep appliance, then the next step will be to custom-design and create your sleep solution. At our office, we offer several different types of appliances to meet everyone’s unique needs and preferences. Your personalized appliance will be designed and crafted using highly precise measurements of your teeth, dental ridges, and oral structures, ensuring optimal comfort, as well as improved breathing and sleeping, every night.