Friendswood Sleep Apnea Therapy
Sleep apnea, the cessation of breathing for ten or more seconds at a time throughout the night, affects millions of US adults each year. The variety of symptoms associated with this sleep disorder can lead to misdiagnosis and improper treatment. The good news is that once patients are diagnosed with sleep apnea, the treatments are relatively straightforward and typically quite effective in reversing related health concerns. At Friendswood Dental Group, we treat many patients who suffer from sleep apnea, and they’re often surprised to hear the dentist can help. Dr. Taylor and Dr. Sierra both have training and experience offering oral appliance therapy for the treatment of sleep apnea.
Before we can offer patients treatment for sleep apnea, they’ll need to receive diagnosis from a trained sleep physician. We can help you determine whether you’re at risk for sleep apnea during a consultation and recommend a sleep physician in the area. Some symptoms to be aware of include:
- Loud, consistent snoring
- Waking frequently at night out of breath or gasping
- Extreme exhaustion during the day
- Waking with dry mouth, sore throat, or headache
- Elevated blood pressure
- Lack of concentration, memory loss, and change in behavior
Once patients are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, we may be able to offer treatment using comfortable, custom crafted oral appliances. These appliances adjust the jaw slightly forward keeping the throat muscles constricted and airway clear throughout the night. Unlike other treatment options, oral appliance therapy is a compact, portable, convenient treatment option.