Personalized, Effective Treatment for Sleep Apnea
At Rockwall Family Dentistry, we offer personalized sleep apnea treatment for our Rockwall, TX, patients to improve their health and quality of life. As an expert in sleep apnea, Dr. Melina Morrison takes a conservative approach and typically begins with oral appliance therapy. We believe that oral appliance therapy is more convenient than traditional CPAP therapy. We offer several types of oral appliances, and will ensure that it fits comfortably. We take plenty of time to create a customized treatment plan and will monitor your progress to ensure the best possible results. If you do not respond well to your oral appliance, we can refer you to a specialist. However, appliance therapy is typically effective for most patients.
Diagnosing Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Dr. Morrison will first need to diagnose your condition. She will take ample time to ensure an accurate diagnosis and determine the root cause of your sleep apnea. She will typically start with an evaluation of your symptoms. These signs can include loud snoring and chronic fatigue, among many others.
She will also look for obstructions in your airways, which may hinder normal airflow. Finally, for the most accurate diagnosis, she may refer you to a specialist for a sleep study. Diagnostic tests could take place in a lab or in your own home, depending on your particular needs.
Oral Appliance Therapy
In most cases, we will begin your treatment with oral appliance therapy. This method is non-invasive and requires just a few visits to our office. We will first take impressions of your teeth. Then a state-of-the-art lab will create a device that fits comfortably in your mouth. Fitting securely around your teeth, the appliance will reposition your lower jaw so that it sits slightly forward. This new position will lift your soft palate and open your airways for improved breathing.
The SomnoDent® device will fit all the way over your top and bottom teeth. At the same time, it will allow for completely normal jaw movement, so you can speak, yawn, and drink normally while wearing the device. SomnoDent COAT™ (Continuous Open Airway Therapy) appliances are approved by the FDA. We offer several different varieties. These include:
- SomnoDent® Classic: The original SomnoDent® device, this type of appliance is anchored by stainless steel ball clasps for superior stability.
- SomnoDent Flex™: Made with a soft inner lining, the SomnoDent Flex™ appliances offer incredible comfort. This type of device may be appropriate if you have short teeth or existing dental restorations.
- SomnoMed® G2: The SomnoMed® G2 device is a metal-free appliance that you can quickly and easily adjust as needed.
MicrO2® Oral Device
The MicrO2® appliance is one of the smallest oral devices on the market today. It allows for the greatest possible comfort and normal tongue movement. The appliance comes in two parts. One will fit over your top teeth, and the other will fit over your bottom dental arch. You will receive several different pieces to ensure the most accurate fit. As a result, you will not have to worry about calibrating the appliance, which can be difficult and uncomfortable.
Other Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
Previously, CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) therapy was the only viable treatment for sleep apnea. This method uses a machine that pumps air through a mask to keep patients’ throats open. While many enjoy relief from their symptoms with CPAP, others find it nearly impossible to sleep while wearing the mask. Plus, the machines can be embarrassing and difficult to transport. On the other hand, oral appliances are small and almost unnoticeable. Most importantly, they are comfortable, effective, and easy to adjust to.
During your consultation at Rockwall Family Dentistry, we will take ample time to closely diagnose and review your sleep apnea condition.
Most of Dr. Morrison’s patients experience significant improvement in their sleep apnea symptoms after they receive their oral appliance. Nevertheless, if you have a severe case, or an appliance does not work for you, she can refer you to an ear, nose, and throat specialist. This specialist may recommend surgery to expand your airways. However, surgery is only used as a last resort, and it is not appropriate for everyone.
Contact Us to Rest Easier
At Rockwall Family Dentistry, we understand the frustration of sleep apnea symptoms. During your consultation, we will take ample time to closely diagnose and review your sleep apnea condition. To learn more about your sleep apnea treatment options, contact us today.