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Sleep Apnea Therapy Helps You Rest Easy

Man sleeping soundly in bedDo you constantly find it difficult to wake up feeling rested, even after a full eight hours of sleep? Do you snore constantly and loudly to the point that your family is affected by it? These are common signs of sleep apnea, which can wreak havoc on your well-being, your relationships, and your overall ability to function in everyday life. Many people suffering from this condition don’t realize that a dentist can provide effective, enduring treatment for this condition – but it’s true! At Legacy Dental SA, our doctors offer oral appliance therapy that can make a positive difference in your nightly routine. Contact our San Antonio practice today to schedule a visit or if you have any questions for our team! New patients are always welcomed from Castle Hills Forest and other surrounding communities.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Frustrated woman can't sleep

Obstructive sleep apnea (also known as OSA) takes place when the patient’s airway becomes partially or fully obstructed as they sleep. As a result, oxygen is unable to reach the body and the patient’s brain must send out an emergency signal that awakens them briefly so they can readjust and start breathing once more. These apnea instances tend to last only a handful of seconds, but they’re likely to happen over and over and over again throughout the night, robbing you of the deep sleep you need to function.  Common symptoms of sleep apnea that patients need to be aware of include the following:

  • Chronic feelings of exhaustion and fatigue throughout the morning.
  • Waking up with a headache and/or a sore throat.
  • Excessively loud snoring.
  • Moments of snorting, gasping, or complete silence during sleep (Ask your bed partner if they’ve noticed this).
  • Constant trips to the bathroom throughout the night.
  • Problems with memory and/or concentration.

How Do You Treat Sleep Apnea?

Woman placing a CPAP mask

If you’ve been diagnosed by your general physician or a sleep specialist with mild to moderate OSA, you’re an ideal candidate for oral appliance therapy! This device feels very similar to a mouthguard, and the patient should wear it every night. Once in place, the appliance will comfortably reposition the jaw and/or tongue so the airway obstruction you regularly experience no longer happens. Many patients prefer oral appliance therapy to traditional CPAP machines because they’re small, easy to use, quiet, and easy to travel with. Just imagine – a full night of uninterrupted rest that ends when you wake up feeling ready for the day ahead.