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Sleep Apnea Treatment

Dental Care for Whole Body Health

Why Choose Creekview Family Dentistry for Sleep Apnea Treatment?

  • Sleep Appliances Custom-Made for Each Patient
  • Able to Stop Even the Most Severe Snoring
  • Viable Alternative to CPAP Therapy

What is Sleep Apnea?

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Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder where breathing stops and starts repeatedly throughout the night. The most common form is obstructive sleep apnea, which is where the muscles in the back of the throat relax while you’re asleep and end up partially or fully blocking the airway. This lowers the oxygen levels in your blood, which can negatively impact your vital organs.

If breathing stops, your brain will wake you up briefly so that breathing can resume; most of the time this happens quickly enough that you won’t remember it later. These awakenings can occur 5 to 30 times an hour each night, preventing you from getting the deep sleep your body needs to maintain good health.

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Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

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Naturally, because sleep apnea occurs while you’re asleep, you might not realize it’s happening right away. However, other people might notice the loud chronic snoring that usually accompanies the disorder. Other symptoms include:

  • Occasionally waking up gasping for breath
  • Headaches and/or a dry throat when you wake up
  • Excessive daytime drowsiness
  • Cognitive issues such as memory loss and difficulty concentrating
  • Mood swings, irritability or depression

Note that not all of these symptoms will necessarily be present at once.

Over the long term, sleep apnea will increase your risk of heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular issues. Sleep deprivation will also generally increase your risk of accidents. For your health and safety, it’s best to have sleep apnea diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.

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How We Treat Snoring & Sleep Apnea

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While in the past noisy, cumbersome CPAP machines were considered the best solution for sleep apnea treatment in Lewisville, more and more dentists are using more comfortable and convenient oral appliances instead. Our Dream TAP appliances are small devices that fit over a patient’s teeth and slightly shift their lower jaw forward. This way, when someone lays down, their airway stays fully open, preventing the cessations in breathing associated with sleep apnea. Our oral appliances are custom-made for each patient to guarantee a comfortable fit, and they can serve as a great alternative for patients who are either CPAP intolerant or just hate using it.

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