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Las Colinas Sleep Apnea Treatment

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is directly related to your oral anatomy. Due to the underlying cause of this specific form of sleep apnea, working with our Las Colinas sleep dentistry team can help you find the relief you’ve been looking for.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

OSA is a sleeping disorder that can be caused by soft tissue blockage at the back of your throat. Oral structures such as your tongue, soft palate, and tonsils may be to blame. As you fall asleep and your muscles relax, they can collapse and sink back into your airway. Depending on the extent of relaxation occurring, your airway may be partially or completely sealed off, obstructing oxygen flow to your lungs.

Sleep Apnea Airway Illustration

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Even without visiting a sleep physician you can screen yourself for warning signs like:

A large neck circumference

Flattened, worn teeth

Fatigue, depression, and weight gain

Chronic headaches or migraines

TMJ pain

Enlarged tonsils, tongue, or small jaw

Symptoms like snoring are not indicative of whether you have a clinical sleeping disorder. That being said, snoring is present in some sleep apnea patients but not in others.

Snoring Man with Sleep Apnea and Wife Plugging Ears

Home Sleep Studies

Home sleep studies allow you to record pulse oxygen levels, snoring, breathing patterns, and your heart rate in the convenience of your own bedroom. There’s not necessarily a need to sleep overnight in an offsite medical lab. All of the same data is recorded and then interpreted by a licensed medical provider to determine if you have sleep apnea and which form of the disorder it may be.

Oral Appliance for Sleep Apnea

One of the most effective and FDA-approved dental treatments for sleep apnea is an oral sleep appliance. These non-invasive devices guide your mandible (lower jaw) in a slightly forward position to naturally reduce the tissue blockage in the back of your throat. As your tongue is kept a bit more anterior, it’s less likely to seal against your palate and esophagus. In turn, oxygen intake is instantly improved.

Depending on your severity of sleep apnea and treatment experience, some individuals find that they can either wear their oral sleep appliance with a CPAP machine or replace their CPAP appliance altogether.

Untreated Sleep Apnea Can be Life Threatening

Unfortunately, sleeping disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea can significantly raise your chances of suffering from a stroke or cardiovascular attack. Recognizing the warning signs can help you proactively boost your overall wellness and potentially even save your life. It’s crucial that you don’t wait until it’s too late.

Las Colinas Sleep Apnea Screenings

Think you could have sleep apnea? Call Leaf - All About Smiles to reserve a consultation with our trained sleep dentistry providers to determine whether a home sleep study is the next best step. Treatment may be covered by your medical insurance.

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