Sleep is essential to your health and wellbeing, but for millions of people across the United States, a condition called obstructive sleep apnea makes it difficult to get enough rest. At the office of Carlee A. Reiler DDS, PC , our Pearland sleep apnea dentist provides treatment for this serious, widespread sleep disorder with customized oral appliance therapy. Our experienced professional keeps you at ease throughout your course of care and personalizes treatment to accommodate your individual needs.
During sleep, all the muscles in your body relax, however, if you have obstructive sleep apnea, the muscles at the back of the throat not only relax, but also collapse completely, blocking your airway. In order to accurately diagnose sleep apnea, your physician will need to perform a sleep study, observing your symptoms while you’re at rest. Cases of obstructive sleep apnea are often characterized by heavy snoring, pausing or ceasing to breathe, waking up abruptly, or gasping for air. As a skilled and experienced provider of care, our dentist will review as aspects of your case and discuss any symptoms you may experience throughout your day, such as fatigue, headaches and difficulty concentrating, which can result from poor sleep from the night before. While to treat sleep apnea, a physician may prescribe a CPAP machine, which supplies continuous pressure through a mask worn over your nose, mild to moderate cases can also be addressed by your Pearland sleep apnea dentist, who will fabricate a customized oral appliance. The appliance fits over your top and bottom teeth, like a retainer, creating a slight protrusion in the lower jaw to help keep your airway open. Our sleep apnea oral appliances are comfortable, portable and easy to clean.
At the office of Carlee A. Reiler DDS, PC, our Pearland sleep apnea dentist provides comprehensive care to improve not only your dental health, but your overall health as well. If you’ve been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy may be right for you. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call today.
By Carlee A. Reiler, DDS, PC
May 15, 2019