Caused by an obstruction in your airway from mouth and throat tissues, sleep apnea is marked by loud snoring, which grows louder as your airway becomes more obstructed. The noise is followed by silence as the blockage stops you from breathing at all, until your brain panics and forces your body to clear its airway. If you suffer from sleep apnea, this cycle can repeat itself hundreds of times every night. You may not wake fully when the obstruction occurs, but it can still stop you from entering the deep levels of sleep that you need each night, resulting in symptoms of sleep deprivation. During your routine checkup appointments, speak with your dentist to find out if your snoring indicates sleep apnea, and if an oral appliance is right for you.
More Comfortable Alternatives to CPAP
Many patients who are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea are prescribed a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine and mask. The machine provides a gentle stream of air through the mask to prevent your airway from closing so you can sleep restfully. However, if you find the CPAP machine cumbersome and uncomfortable, then we may be able to provide a better solution with a custom-designed sleep guard. The appliance is similar to a mouthguard, but smaller and designed to keep your lower jaw comfortably forward to keep your airway open. Sleep appliances have helped countless patients with sleep apnea get the rest they deserve without the hassle of relying on CPAP.
Find Out if You Can Treat Sleep Apnea without CPAP
Snoring and sleep apnea can have noticeable effects on the quality of your sleep. To learn how you can treat sleep apnea without relying on a CPAP machine, schedule a consultation by calling Smith Family Dentistry in Greenville, TX, today at 903-455-5750. We proudly serve patients from Hunt County, Greenville, Royce City, Sulphur Springs, and all surrounding communities.