Houston Sleep Disorder Specialist - James H. Clarke, DDS - Treatment & Therapy
If you suffer from a sleep disorder, you know how valuable a good night’s sleep is and how destructive it can be to go without one. At the Northwest Houston dental practice of James H. Clarke, DDS, solutions to sleep disorders can be found through a comprehensive approach to dentistry that utilizes advanced approaches to solve difficult problems.
Understanding the Problem
Sleep apnea and disruptive snoring are the most common sleep disorders that people experience. Sleep apnea is a very serious disorder that causes erratic breathing while a person sleeps, and can be dangerous if left untreated. This disorder causes a person to slip out of deep sleep into light sleep due to the disruptions in breathing patterns. As a consequence, sufferers of sleep apnea experience a very poor quality of sleep and find themselves exhausted during the day. Sleep apnea interrupts the flow of oxygen to your lungs and can create more advanced medical conditions if left untreated.
Disruptive snoring is less serious, but can negatively impact not only your own quality of sleep, but also that of your mate. If you’re waking yourself, or those around you, up because of excessive snoring, you will not rest well at night. Often, people who suffer from sleep apnea also experience loud, disruptive snoring.
Treating the problem
There are many treatments available for sleep disorders. Many times, patients are treated with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. With CPAP therapy, the patient is fitted with a mask that they will wear at night while sleeping. This mask is connected to a pump that stimulates a consistent flow of air into the nasal passages in order to keep the airway open. While effective, CPAP therapy is not overly comfortable, and many patients dislike wearing a mask at night.
An alternative to CPAP therapy is a sleep apnea dental appliance. This form of oral appliance therapy is a viable option for people who suffer from sleep disorders and want to find a solution, but are hesitant to deal with invasive therapies. Conveniently, a sleep apnea dental appliance is only worn while the patient is sleeping, and is comparable to a retainer. Many patients prefer this method over CPAP therapy due to the ease and convenience. Overall, a sleep apnea dental appliance is the better method for a restful night’s sleep. One oral appliance option is the MicrO2©, which opens up the mandible and brings it forward, keeping your jaw pushed forward at night.
In order to qualify for this method of therapy, you will have to first undergo a sleep study to ensure you are a good candidate for the sleep apnea dental appliance.
Make an Appointment Today
You don’t have to deal with being tired all the time. Sleep disorder treatment and sleep studies are covered by most insurance plans. Make an appointment today with Dr. James H. Clarke to determine what sleep disorder you’re facing and be on the road to a better night's sleep.