It goes without saying that sleep is essential for a variety of reasons. What’s more? A restful night of sleep is great for your overall health and can have you operating at maximum capacity. Though this is the case, sleep issues exist that can complicate the process. Not only can this lead to daytime complications, but it influences your oral health and physical health overall in the process. In today’s blog, your Houston, TX dentist takes a look at the effects of obstructive sleep apnea, and how a custom oral appliance provides a more comfortable alternative to the traditional CPAP machine.
A Need for Proper Airflow
Not every sleep issue is related to obstructive sleep apnea, but a handful of signs or symptoms can be symptoms. For example, snoring is often written off as a common occurrence, but did you know that it only happens when the airway becomes restricted? Indeed, when not enough air is able to make its way to your brain, the brain sends signals to briefly rouse you and correct the concern. Unfortunately, this leads to the perpetuation of a sleep-wake cycle, resulting in disturbed sleep.
In addition to snoring, a person who is experiencing the effects of sleep apnea may also have difficulty falling asleep at night, problems staying awake during the day, increased levels of irritability, dry mouth, and more. If you or someone you know has any of these symptoms, visit our team today.
Though there are several options for treating obstructive sleep apnea by now, not all of these options provide the same level of care. To learn more about this process and how our team can help, give us a call today.
Complications from CPAP Machines
One of the more traditional forms of sleep apnea treatment is a continuous positive airway pressure machine, also known as CPAP. As the name indicates, it produces a stream of air that helps regulate oxygen passing through the airway. Though there are a number of benefits from the machine, including the ability to treat sleep disorders and chronic snoring, there are some major downsides as well.
Because the air is administered through a mask that sits over the nose and mouth, it can be quite difficult to sleep comfortably. Further, the machine itself has been known to create loud noise as it functions, which further disturbs sleep.
Benefits of Custom Appliances
An oral appliance such as a custom mouthguard can help keep the air passage open while you slumber without the need for extensive equipment or wires. What’s more? The ability to customize the appliance to your exact dimensions and smile helps it fit much more comfortably so as not to impact your quality of sleep.
Learn More Today
Contact SleepWell Houston in Houston, TX by calling 713-796-9600 to learn more about the benefits of custom sleep apnea treatment, and schedule your next appointment today.