Do you snore loudly? Wake up with a headache? Struggle to stay alert during the day? Sleep apnea could be to blame. This common sleep disorder can sabotage your shut-eye, but Kayla Morton, DDS, and Trey Swinney, DDS, of Swinney Morton Dental, can help. Schedule a consultation at the Tyler, Texas, office today to learn more about treating sleep apnea with customized oral appliance therapy. Call or book online.
Sleep apnea affects about 22 million people in the United States. There are a few different kinds of this sleep disorder, but obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common.
Sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing for short periods while you sleep. OSA happens when the muscles in your throat relax so much that they block your windpipe and prevent breathing.
Anyone can develop OSA, but some things seem to increase your risk. Having narrow airways, a thicker neck, or being overweight can all contribute to sleep apnea. Men are two times more likely to have it than women.
The most apparent sign of OSA is stopping breathing for several seconds at a time while you sleep. Since this happens while you’re unconscious, you might not know it’s happening, but someone you share a bed or room with might notice.
Loud snoring is a common OSA symptom, but not everyone who snores has the condition. Other symptoms can include:
If you think you have OSA, schedule a doctor’s appointment. It can be diagnosed by your primary care doctor, your pulmonologist, or a sleep physician.
If you’re diagnosed with OSA, your doctor might recommend oral appliance therapy to minimize your symptoms and help you get a better night’s sleep.
Swinney Morton Dental specializes in custom sleep apnea appliances. Each fits over your upper and lower teeth, but you might want to try a few different kinds before you find the one that best suits your needs.
The Silent Nite appliance was developed by Glidewell in Newport Beach, California. It sets your lower jaw forward. Small pieces connect the upper and lower trays to keep your airways unblocked as you sleep.
The SomnoDent appliance from SomnoMed®, an Australian firm with US offices in Plano, Texas, works by changing the way your teeth fit together. It moves your lower jaw slightly more forward than when you bite down naturally.
Like the other options, the Respire appliance moves your lower jaw forward when you wear it. It’s adjustable, so you can move the position with a small screw as needed.
The team takes impressions of your teeth, which are then used to create your custom appliance. Getting a custom OSA appliance helps ensure a comfortable fit in your mouth.
You don’t have to settle for restless sleep or loud snoring. Learn more about sleep apnea treatment at Swinney Morton Dental. Call the office today or book an appointment online.