Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a problem for millions of people, and though it’s highly treatable, many patients find conventional treatment almost as cumbersome to their sleep. The commonly prescribed continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine can effectively keep your airway open with a gentle stream of air. However, the noise of the machine and the presence of the mask that you must wear can be too uncomfortable to sleep peacefully. As a more comfortable alternative, Dr. Newton can custom-design a sleep appliance that’s similar to a mouthguard, but smaller and designed to support your lower jaw instead of protect your teeth.
The Benefits of a Custom Sleep Appliance
The point of a sleep appliance is to keep your airway open and clear of oral tissues by creating enough space for the tissues to rest properly. While you sleep, the appliance comfortably keeps your lower jaw positioned in a way that prevents your mouth and throat tissues from collapsing into your airway. For optimal results and comfort, Dr. Newton will design your sleep appliance with the help of advanced, digital images and measurements of your teeth and oral structures. If you have not yet been diagnosed with sleep apnea, then she can also perform a comprehensive airway assessment using our in-house Rhino-meter and Pharyngo-meter. If you qualify, Dr. Newton can prescribe a home sleep test that you can take at home, then design your treatment based on the results of your test.
Ask Us About an Alternative to Your CPAP
With a custom-designed sleep appliance, you can effectively treat excessive snoring or sleep apnea without having to accommodate a cumbersome CPAP machine and mask. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Celina Family Dentistry at (214) 851-0130. Located in Celina, TX, we also serve patients of all ages from Prosper, McKinney, Frisco, Anna, Pilot Point, and the surrounding communities.