Custom Solutions for Snoring and Sleep Apnea
When your sleep is interrupted by chronic snoring or obstructive sleep apnea, your options for addressing it may seem limited. Many people don’t know that snoring should be treated, or realize that it’s a symptom of something more serious. However, treating chronic snoring and obstructive sleep apnea is common at our practice, and we have the experience and technology to help many patients benefit from better quality sleep. For example, we can custom-design a variety of sleep appliances to help you prevent airway obstruction and avoid the need of a more cumbersome CPAP setup.
What is CPAP?
CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure, and describes a machine and mask that are commonly recommended for patients with obstructive sleep apnea. A CPAP machine and mask work by providing a steady but gentle stream of air through a mask that you wear over your mouth and nose. The air stream helps keep your breathing consistent throughout the night and stop tissues from obstructing it, which stops your sleep apnea from interrupting your sleep cycle.
What is a sleep appliance?
While a CPAP machine can help many patients enjoy sleep without apnea episodes, it isn’t always the most comfortable option for addressing sleep apnea. For many people, a custom-made sleep appliance works by offering support for your lower jaw and oral structures to stop mouth and throat tissues from collapsing into your airway. The appliance is designed with optimal precision using advanced digital technology, and can provide a more comfortable solution to treating sleep apnea than a traditional CPAP machine and mask. For optimal results, we offer a range of different sleep appliances, including:
- Dynaflex Dorsal
- Thornton Adjustable Positioner
- EMA Appliance
- Herbst Appliance
What are the benefits of a sleep appliance?
For patients who qualify, there are many different benefits to choosing a custom sleep appliance over a more conventional CPAP machine. For example, a CPAP machine generates noise as it produces the air that it streams through your airway. This noise may prevent some people from sleeping peacefully throughout the night, and the mask may sit uncomfortably. By contrast, a custom sleep appliance doesn’t rely on generating a stream of air, and its custom design allows for greater comfort and convenience throughout the night.
Benefit from a custom sleep appliance
With a custom-designed sleep appliance, you can more successfully stop snoring and treat obstructive sleep apnea more comfortably. To learn more, schedule a sleep consultation by calling Smith Family Dentistry in Greenville, TX, today at 903-455-5750. We proudly serve patients from Hunt County, Greenville, Royce City, Sulphur Springs, and all surrounding communities.