Did you know over ten million people have trouble sleeping due to obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA? Sleep deprivation can make even the simplest activities difficult, affecting our job performance and ability to interact with friends and family. Fortunately, with a snoring appliance, you can combat chronic snoring and the other symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea.
Frequently Asked Questions About Our Snoring Appliances
Question: What causes sleep apnea?
Answer: Sleep apnea typically occurs when soft tissues in the rear of the throat block airflow. The patient stops breathing for brief intervals during the night. The brain then wakes them to start breathing. The cycle of waking and sleeping can happen hundreds of times each night, leaving patients exhausted.
Question: How do I know if I might have sleep apnea?
Answer: Patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.
report an array of symptoms, including chronic snoring, frequent daytime drowsiness, difficulty concentrating or focusing, irritability, depression, and may often wake up at night choking or gasping for air. If you exhibit one or more of these symptoms on a regular basis, contact your Allen dentist for more information.
Question: What happens if sleep apnea remains untreated?
Answer: Without treatment, sleep apnea may cause serious medical complications. Patients often develop high blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart attack or even stroke. The likelihood of falling asleep behind the wheel increases and lack of sleep can also negatively impact your professional life.
Question: What is a snoring appliance?
Answer: To treat sleep apnea without resorting to surgery or a cumbersome CPAP machine, your Allen dentist offers a customized snoring appliance. The device resembles a night guard and is worn during sleep. The oral appliance will reposition your jaw to prevent throat tissue from blocking airflow. If you have any questions about an oral appliance or would like to discuss additional options for treating sleep apnea, talk to your Allen dentist today.
About Dr. Marc Cueva
Marco Cueva, DDS, MS is a board-certified periodontist with extensive training and experience providing a full range of advanced dental care services, including sedation dentistry and dental implants. New patients can schedule an appointment or consultation with Marco Cueva Periodontics and Dental Implants by calling 972-390-9944.