Sleep Apnea Therapy
Sleep apnea is a condition in which the patient stops breathing for 10 seconds or longer during sleep. Most sleep apnea patients also struggle with snoring. In both cases, the cause can be traced to obstructed airways. A custom-made oral appliance from our San Antonio dental practice will help you keep your airways open, so you continue to breathe normally easily through the night reducing the volume of snoring. While patients think of snoring as being a harmless habit, sleep apnea can actually lead to a number of health consequences including:
- Severe exhaustion
- Increased blood pressure
- Mood swings due to lack of sleep
- Inability to concentrate
How Oral Appliance Therapy Works
If a patient is diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, we design a custom oral appliance that comfortably fits a patient’s unique smile. When worn during sleep, the oral appliance gently shifts the jaw forward. This adjusted position places pressure on the throat muscles keeping the airway open in the same way that tilting the head back during mouth to mouth allows air to enter the lugs unimpeded. Worn on a nightly basis, patients’ airways remain open and they rest soundly through the night.