Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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The word “apnea” refers to no breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition in which something blocks your airway during sleep, preventing regular breathing. At Millennium Smiles, we offer oral appliance therapy to treat this condition in Frisco, TX.

What causes obstructive sleep apnea?

Breathing is obstructed by one of four things: nasal obstruction, soft palate collapse, tongue obstruction, or collapse of the airway in the throat.

What is oral appliance therapy?

Oral appliances are worn in the mouth to address various issues. For obstructive sleep apnea, the appliance will address your specific needs to breathe better at night. A variety of appliances are available, each with a specific design to address a specific problem. The unique part of our OSA appliances, which are FDA-approved, is that they also help heal or keep your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) healthy; many other appliances can cause TMJ problems.

Symptoms of OSA

  • Restless sleep
  • Frequent awakenings at night
  • Having to get up to use the restroom at night
  • Daytime sleepiness (despite a full night’s rest)
  • Mood disturbance
  • Pseudo ADHD in children
  • Learning problems
  • Snoring
  • Periodic leg movement
  • Forward head posture
  • Chronic pain

Consequences of Untreated OSA

As you can probably guess, not being able to breathe normally during sleep can have negative effects on your health. These include hypertension (high blood pressure), heart arrhythmias, or obesity. Suffering from OSA for a prolonged period can have more serious consequences, such as stroke, coronary artery disease, sudden death, diabetes type 2, GERD, sexual dysfunction (EDS), and anxiety or depression. Failing to address the problem promptly will allow it to progress and possibly lead to increased medical costs.

Treating OSA at Millennium Smiles

Because it occurs during sleep, many people are often unaware that they are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. To receive treatment, you will first need a diagnosis, which usually requires observation in a sleep lab. At Millennium Smiles, in addition to providing quality dental care, we believe in educating our patients so that they can make good decisions about their health. We have helped thousands of people to improve their lives. If you believe you are experiencing obstructive sleep apnea in Frisco, TX, make an appointment at Millennium Smiles today.