Do You Need A Sleep Apnea Appliance?

Some estimates put the number of people suffering from sleep apnea somewhere between 10 and 12 million. Without treatment, OSA can lead to major health complications, as well as poor quality of life due to sleep loss. Do you need a sleep apnea appliance?

Try Our Quiz on Sleep Apnea Appliances

  1. True or False: The way we sleep can impact our risk.
  2. True or False: Snoring is often linked to OSA.
  3. True or False: We can treat the problem with a comfortable oral appliance.
  4. True or False: Untreated OSA has been linked to serious health issues.

Answer Key

  1. True. First, obesity has often been linked to apneic episodes, as well as patients sleeping on their backs instead of their sides. Other risk factors include consuming alcohol before bed or eating a large meal. To rest better, we suggest maintaining a regular sleep schedule (going to bed and waking up at the same times every day) and keeping your bedroom dark, cool, and free of screens (including computer, TV, and phone).
  2. True. Patients with OSA may experience chronic snoring, as well as daytime drowsiness and moodiness. Dry mouth and episodes of waking up gasping for air or choking have also been linked to this common sleep disorder. Should one or more of these issues apply to your life, then consider seeing your dentist for a diagnosis.
  3. True. An oral appliance is worn at night and will resemble a nightguard in appearance. However, the device actually moves the jaw forward, which helps prevent apneic episodes and allows you to sleep without obstructed breathing.
  4. True. Without treatment, sleep apnea can eventually increase the risk of depression, hypertension, stroke, and heart attack. If you have any questions about treating sleep disorders, then please contact our office today.

Do You Need a Diagnosis for Your Sleep Issues?

If you think you may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, then give our team a call. Schedule an appointment today. Contact us at our local Southlake, TX office at 817-481-7999.