Chronic sleep apnea often causes significant snoring problems and occasional breathing interruption while sleeping. It occurs when the soft palate at the back of your mouth slips toward your throat. Without professional diagnosis and treatment sleep apnea can lead to other medical complications, including increased risk of heart disease and medical complications related to high blood pressure.
If you have been struggling with sleep apnea symptoms you should seek a professional diagnosis. The severity of your sleep apnea will factor into the treatment plan. A positive air pressure device might be needed if you suffer from severe sleep apnea.
Our orthodontist can provide you with a quality sleep guard if you are diagnosed with minor to moderate sleep apnea. The type she recommends will be based on the characteristics of your mouth.
If you have a complete or partial denture Dr. Wendy Chen might recommend a tongue stabilizing device. The oral appliance doesn’t need to attach to the teeth. When you wear it in your mouth it will help hold your soft palate in the ideal position for the easy passage of air while sleeping
If you live in the area surrounding Colleyville, Texas, and you are interested in a prescription sleep guard to address your sleep apnea symptoms, you should call 817-581-4031 to set up an appointment at Wendy Chen Orthodontics.