How a Custom Appliance Can Help You

Dentist holds occlusal splint used to reduce nighttime bruxism.While it can be tiresome getting a restless night of sleep as it causes drowsiness and fatigue that impacts your daily routine, nothing is worse than feeling this way after a full night’s rest. In fact, this phenomenon is not common, and can actually be indicative of a more serious problem such as obstructive sleep apnea. What’s more, this condition could cause future health complications such as heart problems, complications with surgery, and more. Fortunately, your Houston, TX dentist at SleepWell Houston can help with a custom appliance to improve your airflow throughout the night.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the throat muscles relax and collapse, restricting airflow while unconscious. It can be defined by lapses of breathing for periods of 10 seconds or longer, preventing oxygen from reaching the brain. For individuals with this disorder, they can experience symptoms such as chronic snoring, daytime fatigue and drowsiness or hypersomnia, high blood pressure, and even memory loss. Indeed, OSA can have a major impact on an individual and, if left unmanaged, can result in a variety of complications.

What This Means for Your Health

In addition to the symptoms that accompany OSA, health complications can arise that could potentially become very serious or dangerous. These complications include heart problems, type II diabetes, metabolic syndrome, complications with medications or surgery, liver problems, and more. For these reasons, it is imperative you address the condition as soon as possible.

Correcting Your Oral Concern

As one of the first solutions for OSA, many patients seek treatment with a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine to deliver a continual flow of oxygen through the airway throughout the night. Unfortunately, there are a number of problems associated with the machine itself, causing about 83 percent of patients to quit or become inconsistent with the treatment. As an alternative to CPAP, however, we offer a comfortable, custom-made oral appliance that assists in repositioning the jaw, tongue, and palate. This creates an unobstructed airflow without excessive noisy. The benefits of oral appliance therapy also include comfortable and easy use, ability to reduce or prevent teeth grinding throughout the night, no need for a mask or complicated wires that get tangled, and more.

The process for receiving a custom appliance is actually very simple. All you have to do is come in for a consultation where we will assess your specific needs and determine if this is the best option for you. After that, we will work with you to create a custom fit, and you will be on your way to a restful night of sleep once more.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Contact SleepWell Houston in Houston, TX by calling 713-796-9600 to schedule an appointment or for more information about our custom oral appliances.