Sleep apnea is a condition that affects the way that you breathe throughout the night. While you sleep, the soft tissues at the back of your throat actually begin to loosen and close over the upper airway. This causes loud snoring as well as constant cessations in your breathing. Because you’re not breathing properly, your body automatically wakes up regularly throughout the night so that you can essentially catch your breath. Treatment of sleep apnea can eliminate these symptoms by opening the upper airway.
Why Do You Need to Treat Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea symptoms can have an impact on virtually every aspect of your life. Because you’re not getting a full night of deep rest, you may feel exhausted throughout the day. It might be hard to keep up with your family, children and even your career. Over time, you’ll find that you’re more irritable and moody, and you’re more likely to develop other medical problems as a result of a lack of rejuvenating sleep. This is why it is important to consider treating your sleep apnea as soon as possible. While many patients with more severe or serious sleep apnea symptoms need a CPAP machine, more mild cases can benefit from a simple oral appliance worn each night.
What is the Best Treatment for Mild Sleep Apnea?
For mild sleep apnea, an oral appliance that is worn nightly can be incredibly effective. This device works by opening the airway, preventing the soft tissue from essentially falling over this area. The device is comfortable, custom made to fit the patient perfectly and durable. In fact, you’ll find that your sleep apnea oral appliance lasts for years before it’ll need to be replaced. Furthermore, you’re able to treat the condition and improve your quality of life.
How Are Oral Appliances Made?
The way that this appliance is made is by taking impressions of your mouth. These detailed impressions will be used to make the appliance itself. We fit the device to you and adjust any areas that may be uncomfortable. You will then wear the device every single night in order for it to effectively treat your sleep apnea. By treating mild sleep apnea, symptoms are less likely to get worse and you will be able to get through your day without feeling exhausted and lethargic.
If you have sleep apnea and want to discuss sleep apnea treatment options, don’t hesitate to call us today to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members. We look forward to helping you!
I was blessed to be assigned to Dr Seto as a patient when she was in her final year of study at The Texas A&M College of Dentistry. She carefully listened to my problem and, rather telling me what should be done, she explained the options and we decided the best course of treatment as a team. Being a retired science teacher, I had an endless stream of questions which she welcomed and patiently answered at my level of understanding. Roles reversed for me. She was the teacher; I was the student. Of the very few great physicians I have known, I consider them all to be outstanding teachers.. Read More…