Sleep Apnea Therapy – Pearland, TX
for Better Days
About 20 million Americans are currently suffering from sleep apnea, and a whopping 90 million snore every single night. What does this mean? That there are a lot of tired people in Pearland and Houston! For patients struggling with these problems who just want to get the rest they need, Maxwello Dental & Orthodontics is able to offer a simple solution in the form of sleep oral appliances. These cannot only help you have better mornings but protect you from serious health consequences as well! Read on below to learn why your dentist might have the answer to your sleep troubles.
Why Choose Maxwello Dental & Orthodontics for Sleep Apnea Therapy?
- Sleep Appliances Custom-Made for Each Patient
- Shown to Stop Even the Worst Snoring
- Proven CPAP Alternative
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a disorder in which a person repeatedly has their breathing cut off for short periods of time while they are sleeping, usually for 10 seconds or less. Most of the time, this is due to the soft tissues in the mouth and throat collapsing together and obstructing the airway. As a result, the body is forced to partially wake up to restore breathing, which interrupts the sleep cycle and prevents a person from getting the quality rest they need to feel awake and energized the next day.
The Dangers of Sleep Apnea
In addition to chronic daytime exhaustion (which is terrible enough), sleep apnea has also been connected to ALL of the following problems:
- Loud, chronic snoring
- Headaches and sore throats in the morning
- Depression/mood swings
- Focus/memory problems
- Rapid weight gain/trouble losing weight
- Sexual dysfunction
Sleep apnea is very stressful on the heart, which is why the condition is connected to about 35,000 cardiovascular-related deaths each year according to the American Sleep Apnea Association.
One of the most common signs of sleep apnea is snoring, but not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. Nonetheless, snoring can be very disturbing to the people sleeping near the person making all the noise, plus those who regularly snore are much more likely to develop sleep apnea in the future. Fortunately, our team is able to treat both problems using the same proven method: oral appliance therapy.
An Alternative to CPAP: Oral Appliance Therapy
For oral appliance therapy, all a patient has to do is wear a specially-made mouthguard to bed that slightly shifts their lower jaw forward. This prevents the airway from becoming obstructed, allowing for easy breathing (and no snoring!) throughout the night.
The type of appliance we use is called the Tap3. We custom-shape it to fit each patient comfortably, and it comes in the form of two trays that slip over the upper and lower rows of teeth. These then hook together to move the lower jaw into the appropriate position.
Partnered with the Area’s Top Sleep Physicians
Figuring out if you have sleep apnea can be a really frustrating process. It’s often misdiagnosed, and the most telling symptoms only occur while you’re completely unconscious! That’s why in addition to providing sleep apnea therapy at Maxwello Dental & Orthodontics, we’re also partnered with many sleep physicians in the area. If you can never seem to get enough sleep, just give us a call, and we’ll refer you to a certified sleep doctor in your area who can figure out what is causing your problems. If it turns out that you do indeed have sleep apnea, we can get to work right away designing your oral appliance.