SWISH Smile Artists don’t just straighten and brighten your smile, we also help you rest assured with sleep apnea treatment options. Sleep apnea is a condition which stops your breathing periodically during sleep and alerts your brain to temporarily wake you and restart proper breathing. You may have sleep apnea if you regularly experience one or more of the following:
+ Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
+ Loud snoring
+ Waking up short of breath
+ Snorting or choking during sleep
+ Waking headaches
+ Unintentionally falling asleep during the day
+ Extreme drowsiness during the day
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Depending on the severity and type of sleep apnea, treatment options range from behavioral therapy
(e.g. losing weight, quitting smoking, or changing sleep position) to surgery. Dental devices are often recommended for mild to moderate sleep apnea—they position the mouth so as to prevent throat blockage and ensure proper breathing. SWISH Smile Artists make custom fitted dental devices to suit individual needs and avoid the complication caused by over-the-counter options.
Things to Consider About Dental Devices
Many patients prefer dental devices to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) masks. CPAP mask users often complain of dry, itchy noses and have more equipment to worry about lugging around or, for more active sleepers, getting tangled in.
However, using dental devices for an extended period may cause:
+ Jaw pain, soreness, or tension
+ Sore teeth and/or gums
+ Excessive salivation or dry mouth
+ Possible damage or permanent change to jaw position/bite
+ Loosened dental restorations (i.e. crowns, bridges, etc.)
If you’re in Austin, Texas and have mild to moderate sleep apnea or are concerned that you might, call SWISH Dental and we’ll help you schedule an appointment near you so you can rest easy.