Did you know that there are alternatives to CPAP machines? At Sleep Well Southeast Texas, our dentist and team are proud to provide oral appliance therapy in League City, Texas, for patients who suffer from sleep apnea. These custom oral appliances help open your airway as you sleep and promote proper breathing and better rest. Schedule a visit with Dr. Derek Tieken by calling us at 281-845-4792 today.
Snoring may seem like a simple, if annoying, inconvenience, but it can also be an indicator of more serious sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea. Beyond being a noisy sleeper, a person with sleep apnea may also be experiencing symptoms such as depression, drowsiness or inability to concentrate, and they may be at a higher risk of heart disease, stroke or hypertension. While a professional sleep doctor or primary care physician may be responsible for diagnosing your sleep apnea, our dentist is here to help you find treatment with oral appliance therapy.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your tongue rolls back into your throat or the soft tissues of your throat collapse while you sleep, blocking your airway and making it difficult to breathe. An oral appliance designed for sleep apnea will operate like a night guard that moves your lower jaw slightly forward while you sleep. With your jaw in the optimal position, the soft tissues of your throat will tighten so they no longer block your airway while you sleep, and your tongue will be held in place so it no longer rolls back into your airway. Specifically designed to fit your mouth comfortably, this oral appliance can alleviate the symptoms associated with sleep apnea and help you and your entire household get a better night’s rest.
If you or someone in your family struggles with sleep apnea and you would like to know if an oral appliance can help, call our office today and schedule your consultation.