While chronic snoring may seem like a fairly trivial problem, it may be a sign of a more serious underlying issue. Do you or your partner snore so loudly and frequently that it’s affecting not only your quality of sleep, but your quality of life during the day, and even the state of your relationship? Do you wake up feeling exhausted after what should have been a full night’s rest? You may be one of the millions of Americans suffering from sleep apnea, and you may not even know it. Thankfully, your Hillsboro, TX dentist has a simple solution without the need for a CPAP machine.
Sleep apnea can often be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are largely present during sleep. Some of the common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:
Sleep apnea is most common in adults, although some cases have been found in children. Some of the risk factors that increase your chance of developing sleep apnea include:
Aside from just losing sleep, sleep apnea can increase your risk for serious health complications, including:
Sleep apnea can significantly decrease your quality of life and your health. Sleep apnea sufferers also have an increased risk of getting in a car accident after falling asleep at the wheel.
Traditional sleep apnea treatment usually involves a CPAP machine. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. A CPAP is a machine that attaches to a face mask that you wear at night that forces air in and out of the lungs and keeps the airway open. While CPAP machines are highly effective at treating sleep apnea, they are only effective if used properly. Many patients find the CPAP machine intolerable because it is loud, bulky and invasive, and prevents the user from finding restful sleep – kind of defeats the purpose, right?Thankfully, your trusted dentist in Hillsboro, TX offers a wonderful alternative with oral appliance therapy. Dr. Cowan has helped many patients treat their sleep apnea and improve their health and quality of life with oral appliance therapy. He will sit down with you in a comprehensive consultation to discuss your needs. If oral appliance therapy is right for you, we will create a custom oral appliance just for you.
Your sleep appliance is worn like a mouth guard at night, and is specially designed to gently shift the lower jaw forward, preventing the airway from collapsing and allowing the user to breathe comfortably throughout the night – without the need for a CPAP machine or invasive surgery! If you’re looking for a CPAP alternative, or if any of the above signs and symptoms sound familiar, we would love to speak with you about sleep apnea treatment with oral appliance therapy.
There are many benefits in treating your sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy versus a CPAP machine or invasive surgery. Oral appliance therapy is:
If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea and are seeking an alternative to a CPAP machine, or you suspect you may have sleep apnea based on the above information, we would love to speak with you about oral appliance therapy. Treating your sleep apnea today will improve your quality of sleep, your quality of life during the day, and your overall health for a better tomorrow.
Our office has been DreamSleep Certified for treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea. DreamSleep is a national network of Dentists and Physicians working together to raise awareness and treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
DreamSleep Certification means every member of our sleep team has received intensive training on sleep medicine, oral appliance therapy and collaboration with physicians for testing and diagnosis.
We believe that close teamwork with physicians is essential for successful management of sleep-related breathing disorders using oral appliance therapy.
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