Sleep Apnea

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Sleep Apnea Treatment

It is estimated that over 20 million people in the U.S. have sleep apnea, which can greatly increase risks for serious health problems. Sleep apnea interrupts your breathing while you sleep, which can impact your quality of sleep and affect your energy, cardiovascular system and much more. If you snore or have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, a non-invasive treatment is available. Our dental team at The Smile Lounge offers sleep apnea treatment at our dental center in Grand Prairie.
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of this sleep disorder. This occurs when the airway in the throat is blocked while you sleep, causing the disruption in breathing. Most people with obstructive sleep apnea also are chronic snorers, one of the main symptoms of sleep apnea. It is also common for sleep apnea patients to gasp or choke during sleep as they fight to clear their airway.
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Customized Mouthguards for Snoring and Sleep Apnea

One of the causes of obstructive sleep apnea and snoring is the position of the jaw when sleeping. If the lower jaw sits farther back, it can allow tissue to block the airway during sleep. A customized mouthguard or nightguard can adjust the jaw position. These dental mouthguards are customized to fit each patient’s mouth perfectly for improved comfort and effectiveness. Wearing the nightguard can alleviate snoring and improve the quality of sleep. This is a less invasive and more convenient option than using a CPAP machine, which is noisy and not travel-friendly. If you have sleep apnea or you are a loud snorer, a customized mouthguard may be the solution. To learn more about non-invasive sleep apnea treatment, contact us at The Smile Lounge. Our staff can book an appointment for a sleep apnea treatment consultation at our dental practice in Grand Prairie, TX.