Sleep apnea is a condition in which breathing stops and starts throughout the night. An effective and common treatment for it involves using continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP. This consists of using a machine that provides a constant flow of pressurized air that helps to keep your airway open and preventing its collapse. The air is delivered through a fitted mask, which must be worn throughout the night. While CPAP has been used to treat sleep apnea for decades to great effect, many people have difficulty using it. For those who struggle with a CPAP machine, a good alternative to treating sleep apnea is an oral appliance. At Millennium Smiles in Frisco, TX, we provide custom-fit sleep apnea appliances to improve the sleep of patients with the condition.
Sleep apnea can have negative effects on your health, such as hypertension (high blood pressure), heart arrhythmias, or obesity. Sleep apnea can also lead to conditions such as diabetes, coronary artery disease, and stroke. Besides these, not being able to sleep uninterrupted through the night can have negative effects on your daily life.
Oral appliances work in different ways to help relieve sleep apnea symptoms, such as by holding your tongue forward or by repositioning the lower jaw. There are many models available, and the selection of them may be overwhelming, but you can trust your doctor at Millennium Smiles to fit you with an appliance that is comfortable and effective.
Sleep apnea appliances are available for purchase online, to be shaped to your mouth when you get them, but the most effective appliance is one that is specially fitted for you. Using a generic sizing system does not account for the uniqueness of your teeth and bite, and so may cause some discomfort and reduce the effectiveness of the appliance. When you have an appliance made at Millennium Smiles, we will take a mold of your teeth to have the appliance made. Although it might be more costly than other models, these higher quality appliances are adjustable over time, more comfortable, and more reliable. It may take two or more appointments to get the fit right, but the time taken will be worth it when you experience relief from your sleep apnea.
If you are ready to try another form of treatment for your sleep apnea, contact us at Millennium Smiles in Frisco, TX today.