711 West 38th Street Unit B-10
Austin TX 78705
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Nearly half of all adults snore. While it can be disruptive, most cases of snoring are not serious or dangerous, but in some cases, it can be a symptom of a sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea can be a dangerous condition and should be taken seriously.
Snoring occurs when the air flow through the passages at the back of your mouth and nose becomes blocked. The most common cause is the throat becoming overly relaxed during sleep. The result is a loud vibration known as snoring. Although this sound can be annoying, it is usually nothing to worry about; however, heavy snoring is a symptom of a potentially dangerous condition known as obstructive sleep apnea. This condition causes shallow breaths and pauses in breathing during sleep. Left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can lead to serious conditions including heart attack and stroke.
Oral appliance therapy is often an effective treatment for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. A custom-made oral sleep appliance from Vida Dental can improve your sleep, help you feel more alert, and help to restore your health.
About Oral Appliance Therapy
Worn while you sleep, an oral appliance fits like a sports mouth guard and supports your jaw in a forward position in order to maintain an open airway. Research has shown that oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Oral appliances are often recommended as the first line of treatment because they are non-invasive and fit easily into your lifestyle.
The first step of sleep apnea treatment will be a complete clinical evaluation. We will examine your teeth, jaw, tongue and airway, and possibly take an X-ray. Your oral appliance will be custom-made using impressions and models of your teeth. We will ensure it fits properly to maximize its comfort and effectiveness.
If you would like more information about sleep apnea and oral appliance therapy, call us today to schedule an appointment.