Do you find that you’re still tired even after you think you’ve gotten a full night’s sleep? Do you wake up and still experience fatigue throughout the day, experiencing reduced memory and concentration? Is it a struggle to get through the day due to fatigue? While there are many conditions that can cause sleep disruptions, one of the most common is obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea, sometimes referred to as OSA, is an extremely common sleeping disorder in which patients experience disrupted breathing throughout the night as they sleep due to a blockage in the airways. This can reduce the oxygen levels which causes patients to wake up and never reach that deep sleep they need to feel rested each day.
If you have worked with a doctor and have been diagnosed with this condition, you may have been prescribed a device called a CPAP machine. This machine is worn at night to keep the airways open, but can be uncomfortable to sleep with. Instead, Dr. Heather F. Fleschler of Houston, TX encourages patients to consider the benefits of switching to oral appliance therapy instead.
What is oral appliance therapy?
Patients with obstructive sleep apnea can ditch the CPAP machine and instead wear a comfortable oral appliance made just for their needs. This oral appliance is like a mouthguard that fits into the mouth while one rests. It keeps the tongue from falling back into the throat and can keep the jaw aligned for proper breathing. Wearing the oral appliance each night is an effective way of addressing obstructive sleep apnea.
Are you considering switching from a CPAP machine to oral appliance therapy?
Patients in the area of Houston, TX who are ready to move away from the CPAP machine and enjoy a more comfortable experience sleeping with oral appliance therapy can connect with Dr. Heather F. Fleschler to discuss the benefits of treatment in this manner. Her practice is conveniently located at 5252 Westchester Street, Suite #200 and accepts new and established patients who call (713) 660-6500 for an appointment. She is here to help with a wide range of oral health needs and more!