Your best health, refreshing sleep awaits courtesy of effective yet hassle-free snoring and apnea treatment

The dentist’s office may seem an unlikely place to treat sleep problems. Snoring and sleep apnea are often to blame for sleepless nights. However, effective treatment options for both conditions are available at your trusted neighborhood dentist’s office in Cypress, Texas. Our husband-wife dentist duo, Drs Melanie and Farnam Farzam lead Orion Dental Specialties with expertise that transcends the appearance and health of the teeth and gums. 

When snoring may be something else

A reported 80 million people in North America snore, and everyone will, at some point, create that distinctive sound. Snoring also affects at least twice as many people due to the impacts on other family and household members. During sleep, the muscles and soft tissues in your throat and mouth relax, narrowing the airway. Tissues vibrate, and that vibration is responsible for characteristic rattling and rumbling. While you may be a “primary” snorer, around half of those who snore habitually do so secondary to other conditions, like obstructive sleep apnea. OSA is characterized by particularly loud, frequent snoring, pauses in breathing, and other telltale signs or red flags. 

Do not sleep on OSA treatment

With obstructive sleep apnea, the tongue and other soft tissues in the throat may completely block the airflow into your lungs. Obstruction continues until your brain wakes you up, often with a gasp or snort. So, for this reason, snoring secondary to OSA is characterized by other startling symptoms, which may be noticed by spouses or partners. In fact, OSA is associated with distinctive pauses in breathing that last for at least 10 seconds. The process of falling asleep and suddenly awakening may be repeated dozens of times each hour. This alarming cycle is furthermore associated with numerous challenges to your overall health and well-being, including:

  • Persistent and unexplainable fatigue
  • Frequent headaches or migraines 
  • Cognitive decline, including impaired memory and concentration
  • Weight gain
  • Diabetes 
  • Depression
  • Mood imbalances 
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke

Restore your sleep, health, and quality of life

Surgical techniques to alter obstruction have success rates of 20% to 40% and are not without their risks of complications. While CPAP devices are considered an effective OSA treatment, they traditionally have low patient compliance. Some people just never get used to wearing a mask when they sleep, nor do they get used to the noise associated with the CPAP machine. What good is a therapy that is not used? Fortunately, dentists like Drs Melanie and Farnam have a non-invasive, safe, easy, and cost-effective way to prevent snoring and sleep-disordered breathing: oral appliance therapy. There are numerous types of oral appliances that may be appropriate for you. They are customized to slip into your mouth at bedtime. Depending on your needs, the appliance may reposition the jaw and tongue. So, this repositioning also moves the troublesome tissues out of the way. You can then sleep and breathe soundly and uninterrupted through the night. 

Relief from the many distressing effects is a consultation away. You also avoid many serious complications associated with this dangerous condition with appropriate treatment at Orion Dental Specialties. Call (832) 906-8313 to reach our team in Cypress, TX today.