Sleep Apnea and Snoring in San Antonio

sleep apnea

Effective Treatment for Sleep Apnea Without Using a Mask

Airway_obstructionSleep apnea is the condition where a person either stops breathing or whose breathing becomes shallow during sleep. (Apnea is Greek for “without sleep”.) It can happen many times for short periods while one is sleeping and can be mild, moderate or severe.

People with sleep apnea usually suffer from varying degrees of sleep deprivation due to the many interruptions in their sleep cycle. Treatment is crucial because the apnea interrupts the deep sleep phase, which can lead to serious health problems.

Oral Appliance Therapy

For patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea, Dr. Daniela can provide treatment using special oral appliances. These appliances are a good alternative to the use of a machine and a mask as in CPAP therapy. Per the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, Oral Appliance Therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Dr. Daniela treats Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), the most common form of sleep apnea. When a person suffers from OSA, the soft tissue at the back of the throat relaxes and collapses the airway, causing a lapse in breathing and usually producing loud snoring. These lapses can occur numerous times in a night.

Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

The following are common symptoms of sleep apnea:

  • Drowsy driving
  • Choking, gasping or snorting during sleep
  • Irritability or trouble concentrating
  • Loud snoring that disturbs your sleep and that of others
  • Long (10 seconds or longer) pauses in breathing
  • Morning headaches
  • Daytime sleepiness, regardless of how many hours you were in bed
  • Mouth breathing in children
  • Hyperactivity in children

Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea

TAP applianceIf you have mild to moderate sleep apnea, Dr. Daniela can provide you with a custom-fitted oral appliance that consists of clear trays, similar to a nightguard, that fit over your upper and lower teeth. The two trays are connected together and move your lower jaw forward. This keeps your airway open and improves your breathing when you sleep.

With this appliance, we can fine-tune your lower jaw position so that your jaw is comfortable. This type of therapy has been shown to be effective for many obstructive sleep apnea patients, and a good alternative to the CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine with its bulky and often uncomfortable hose and mask.

To make an appointment, call 210‑660‑5022 or click here to request an appointment online.