What is sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form of the disorder, occurs when tissues in the throat collapse and block the airway during sleep hours. The brain sends an urgent signal to the body due to lack of oxygen, forcing you to wake up and breathe. Even if you don’t remember these instances of waking, they can happen dozens of times a night. They can leave you unable to reach the deep, restful stages of sleep, feeling exhausted the next day.

What are some symptoms of sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious sleep disorder characterized by shallow or paused breathing throughout the night. Common symptoms associated with OSA include:

  • Nocturnal choking or gasping
  • Loud and irregular snoring
  • Observed apneas (pauses in breathing) during sleep
  • Dry mouth 
  • Headaches when waking

Why should I seek treatment for my sleep apnea?

A robust body of research has consistently demonstrated an association between sleep apnea and serious health problems such as type 2 diabetes, strokes, heart attacks, and a heightened risk of mortality. Studies have shown that these complications may be related to the body's inability to absorb oxygen while sleeping, causing lasting physiological damage.

It is therefore important for individuals with sleep apnea to seek treatment without delay in order to mitigate any potential long-term health impacts. It is important to focus on the overall pattern associated with the intensity and duration of any individual symptom to correctly diagnose the condition, and an evaluation by a medical professional is necessary.

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How is sleep apnea treated?

Traditional sleep apnea treatment involves a CPAP machine, which keeps the airway open by constantly blowing air through a mask worn over the nose and mouth. This treatment is cumbersome, which is why we offer oral appliance therapy as a more convenient alternative.

We can craft a personalized tray that fits over your teeth and gently shifts your lower jaw forward, keeping your airway open at night and making it easier to breathe. These appliances are designed to be comfortable and non-intrusive.

Why should I see my dentist for sleep apnea?

Seeing a dentist for sleep apnea can be a life-changing experience.

Many oral appliance treatments are available, provided in partnership with primary care physicians and sleep specialists as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Our dentist can evaluate and maintain a patient’s dental health while fitting them with properly sized and maintained oral appliances, for optimal long-term care for those suffering from OSA. By attending regular dental visits and proper maintenance of your oral appliances, you can ensure an improved quality of life.

About sleep apnea treatment in Las Colinas, TX

At Complete Dentistry in Trophy Club, Dr. Alysa Sadkin works closely with a sleep apnea therapy program called Sleep Architects. We can create a custom oral appliance that halts the symptoms of sleep apnea to help you and your partner enjoy quality shuteye, without constant interruptions. If you’re ready to enjoy a good night's sleep, the first step is to call us to learn more about sleep apnea treatment in our Trophy Club, TX dental office.

What are some of the advantages of using an oral appliance for sleep apnea?

Not only is it an effective, non-invasive way to treat these conditions, but patients love it because it fits easily into their lifestyles. Our patients find oral appliances easy to wear, quiet, portable, convenient, comfortable, and easy to care for. If you are interested in learning more about getting started with oral appliance therapy, contact us today.

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Why Choose Complete Dentistry in Trophy Club, TX?

Partnering with Sleep Architects, our state-of-the-art sleep apnea therapy program used in the comfort of your own home, without the troublesome CPAP system. The process begins with an at-home sleep apnea testing to gauge the severity of your condition. From there, our expert staff will provide personally tailored treatment plans based on the data received from CT/Cone Beam Scanner imaging for optimal accuracy and effectiveness. This system allows us to adjust plans as needed in real-time so you can find relief quickly and safely. 

We use cutting edge technology and techniques and pursue constant continuing education to be able to stay abreast with the latest developments in modern dentistry. While other dental offices may prioritize the bottom line, we always put people first. We want to make it easy for nearby families to get everything they need in one place while enjoying great care and even better service. Discover our beautiful office, equipped with cutting-edge technology where we strive to provide the best dental care to our patients, all with a smile.

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