Oral Appliance Therapy for the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

 

Sleep Apnea Houston TXAt Royal Dental, we provide more than just general dentistry. When patients have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, we also offer a solution outside of the more traditional treatment method of CPAP usage. Instead, we welcome patients to ask about oral appliance therapy as a way to address their condition.

Understanding Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that affects millions of Americans. Many patients go undiagnosed because the effects of the condition match many other health concerns. However, with a proper diagnosis, patients can seek treatment, especially when the condition is diagnosed as obstructive sleep apnea. This is a sleeping disorder in which the airways of the mouth are obstructed and keep patients from being able to breathe properly through the night. Excess fat on the neck area, poor bite alignment, or even the tongue can cause this blockage.

Patients may snore and gasp at night, waking up hundreds of times during a single sleep session. This keeps a patient from reaching the restorative levels of sleep and can cause them to feel fatigued throughout the day. Obstructive sleep apnea can negatively impact a patient’s life, so a proper diagnosis and treatment can improve quality of life.

Sleep Apnea Treatments

Most doctors will encourage patients to use a device called a CPAP machine to keep the airways open at night. However, this device can be noisy and uncomfortable, causing many patients to stop complying with treatment. Instead, the dentists at Royal Dental can provide an alternative called oral appliance therapy. By wearing a specialized mouthguard that is made of comfortable medical-grade plastics, patients can treat their condition in a more discreet manner. Oral appliance therapy is easy to use, comfortable, less noticeable, and will often result in better compliance for patients.

Schedule a Consultation

Take charge of your sleeping disorder and find a solution with oral appliance therapy! Call the dental practice of Royal Dental at (713) 330-7700 to schedule an appointment with one of our professionals and any of our eight convenient locations in the areas of Pearland, Baytown, Humble, Sugar Land, and Houston, TX. We welcome new and existing patients seeking comprehensive dental care solutions including the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.

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