OSA Sufferers: Get Help with Sleep Apnea
from Your Tanglewood Dentist
Do you snore? Do you have mild to moderate sleep apnea?
A CPAP machine is the #1 way to combat obstructive sleep apnea but dentists here at The Houston Dentists Tanglewood can offer what most agree is the second most effective option: a mouthguard designed specifically to help keep airways open while you sleep. And if you have mild to moderate sleep apnea and use this mouthguard, it could have some big advantages over the traditional CPAP treatment for OSA.
About OSA – Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea interrupts not just the sleep of those around you because of your loud snoring; sleep apnea also robs you of restorative sleep needed for healthy living. It can take a toll on you on a short term basis and it could impact your long-term health, too, putting you at increased risk for a number of diseases.
Because of an obstructed airway you could wake dozens of times per night, gasping for air, without even realizing it. There are treatment options available, including a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine, which has a great end result if patients are 100% compliant with it. An alternative, suitable for mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea, is an oral appliance, often referred to as an OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) mouthguard. This customized appliance is worn while you sleep and it can keep the airway open so that you aren’t continually struggling for oxygen throughout the night.
About CPAP vs. Dental Appliances
A CPAP machine involves a loud machine and a mask that you wear on your face while you sleep. A dental appliance is worn like any typical mouthguard. Both can be extremely helpful in keeping your airway open but the mouthguard won’t make noise, won’t leave elastic marks (and associated rashes) on your face, and won’t feel constricting. Those who use an oral appliance for sleep apnea tend to be much more compliant in wearing it and see a big difference in their ability to get a good night’s sleep.
Choose The Houston Dentists Tanglewood in Tanglewood, TX
We can help you with a customized OSA mouthguard. We also do mouthguards for sports as well as to help with teeth grinding (bruxism), and TMJ disorder.
And if you are in need of a new family dentist we can offer preventative, general, and cosmetic dentistry plus periodontal disease screening and treatment as well. Learn more about our dental services or give us a call for an appointment at (713) 804-4645 today.