Enjoy Your Rest with Odessa Sleep Apnea Therapy
Obstructive sleep apnea can not only pose a threat to your overall health, but your quality of life as well. The condition is caused by a partial or full blockage occurring in your airway while asleep; this causes the brain to send out an emergency signal that rouses the patient to correct the problem. While these awakenings may be brief, they can occur countless times each night, causing the quality of their rest to deteriorate. Here in Odessa. Dr. Steve W. Cobb can provide necessary relief with customized oral appliance therapy. If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea by your general doctor or a specialist, don’t hesitate – contact our dental practice today to schedule an appointment.
Do I have sleep apnea?
Common symptoms of sleep apnea include the following:
- Daytime fatigue, no matter how much sleep the patient had the night before
- Problems with memory and/or concentration
- Loud, chronic snoring
- Frequent trips to the bathroom at night
- Elevated irritability/moodiness
- Morning headaches
- Morning dry throat
Oral Appliance Therapy
Your oral appliance will be designed to reposition your jaw and/or tongue enough to keep the airway clear throughout the night, allowing for easy breathing and uninterrupted sleep. Many patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea find this method preferable to traditional CPAP treatment, which consists of a large facial mask and bulky, noisy machinery that can be virtually impossible to travel with. Alternatively, your oral appliance is convenient, comfortable, and often just as effective in treating your symptoms. Your doctor may also recommend undergoing combined therapy with both CPAP and an oral appliance.