If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that causes snoring, obstructed breathing, and disrupted sleep, Dr. Karisha Madden may recommend oral appliance therapy to help you treat your condition.
Many cases of sleep apnea are the result of the tongue or soft tissues of the mouth blocking the airway and causing snoring. An oral sleep appliance is inserted into the mouth and worn like an orthodontic appliance or sports mouth guard. If worn during sleep, your oral appliance will prevent the tongue or soft tissues from collapsing into the back of the throat, keeping your airway open and allowing the proper intake of air needed to normal sleep.
Oral appliance therapy is ideal for patients with mild-to-moderate sleep apnea or patients who have sever obstructive sleep apnea and cannot tolerate the CPAP. Oral appliances can be used alone or in conjunction with other sleep therapies. Our dentist will work with you and a sleep physician to determine which method of treatment is right for you.
If we determine that you would benefit from oral appliance therapy in Bellaire, Texas, we will provide you with a custom-made oral appliance designed to fit your smile comfortably. Please feel free to contact Madden Dental at (713) 667-8080 today with any questions and to schedule your sleep consultation.