Do you have obstructive sleep apnea? Are you scared of using conventional treatment methods like Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy? Have you been using these methods, but don’t want to anymore? If yes, we can help you.
If your regular treatment methods like CPAP or PAP aren’t working for you any longer, you may want to consider dental appliances that help you breathe better while you’re sleeping.
While CPAP does help many obstructive sleep apnea patients, the reality is that the side effects can be quite uncomfortable. For instance, many wake up with the feeling of dry mouth, and burning airways. In some extreme cases, the patients end up removing the CPAP machine while they’re asleep.
The good news is there are solutions that your dentist can offer you to help with your sleep apnea. These are usually in the form of dental appliances that you’ll put in your mouth to help you sleep better.
Sleep dentistry is real, and one that has saved and improved many lives, thanks to its super effective CPAP alternatives, and sleep apnea dental appliances. While it’s a growing field, there are a number of sleep dentist specialists who know how to treat sleep apnea with dental appliances.
At Portal Cypress, our dentists are uniquely skilled at providing sleep apnea dental appliances in Houston, as well as alternative treatment options. With these dental appliances for sleep apnea, you’ll be able to sleep better, and in some cases, may not need the CPAP machine anymore.
These are devices worn in the mouth right before going to sleep. Their purpose is to keep your airways open when you sleep so that you can breathe properly. It looks like and fits like an orthodontic retainer or a sports mouthguard.
These dental appliances for sleep apnea work by supporting the jaw in a forward position so that your airways don’t close up while you’re sleeping. To get the best results, you’ll need to make sure that it’s customized solely for your mouth and jaw, so there’s no discomfort.
With this in your mouth, while you’re asleep, your airway will remain open while you’re sleeping. And the best part is it also works for people who snore too. So, even if you’re not suffering from sleep apnea, you can use this if you have been told that you snore a lot while you sleep.
Short answer? Yes, it absolutely works in the right candidates. That means there are patients who we’ve found to be actually to be in need of this therapy through a series of studies.
This is why all our sleep apnea patients undergo some form of sleep therapy at Portal Cypress Family dentistry, Houston TX. The goal is to determine if they’re the right fit for sleep apnea dental appliances and treatments.
Some patients aren’t. For these people, we’ll work with them to find the best obstructive sleep apnea solution in Houston. Sleep apnea dental devices have a broad range of benefits.
Many patients report that these devices are easier to use –compared to CPAP machines, and have none of the dry mouth and burning throat sensation that CPAP users feel.
They are also great for people who move a lot during sleep. OSA patients who move a lot tend to remove or knock-off their CPAP masks at night. With these dental devices, you never have to worry about that. They’re designed to stay regardless of how much you move.
They’re also very portable, which is great if you do a lot of traveling, and don’t like lugging your CPAP machine around.
Of course, it also has its cons. Some patients complain of jaw pain or tension after use and soreness in their gums. Most of these are caused by poor fit though.
This is why you need to work with a highly experienced dentist who understands how to make this fit snugly, thus eliminating all these issues.
At Portal Cypress Family Dentistry, we prioritize your comfort. We’ll create a custom-fit dental appliance for sleep apnea that will be comfortable for you for as long as you need it.
This is only good for certain people. This is why we’ll carry out a sleep study to determine if you’re a good candidate.
It’s excellent for people with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, those who struggle with CPAP therapy, and those who weren’t a good fit for airway obstruction surgical procedures like a tonsillectomy.
The right dentist for sleep apnea is one who prioritizes attention to comfort and is highly experienced. It’s not enough to get a dental appliance for sleep apnea in Houston, you need one that will be comfortable. Only a dentist who meets both criteria can deliver that. Call Portal Cypress today on 832-604-7337 to book an appointment with our highly experienced sleep dentists today.