There are many ways to treat sleep apnea, a condition in which your airway closes during the night to interrupt breathing and causes you to wake up. The CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) device is one treatment option, and the MicrO2 is the latest device available.
Both oral appliances are designed to help keep your airway open while you sleep by holding your jaw in a better position. The MicrO2 is billed as the smallest and most comfortable of the custom-made oral appliances and is a great alternative option for those who find the CPAP device too uncomfortable to use.
Our dentist in West University offers a variety of sleep apnea treatment plans including the MicrO2. This device holds your lower jaw in a slightly forward position, keeping the soft tissue in your mouth away from the back of your throat. It eliminates or reduces snoring by opening your airway.
The MicrO2 also:
- is the first computer-aided designed and manufactured sleep apnea device.
- offers a higher level of precision and more predictable results.
- is made from polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) acrylic.
- provides a more compact device without sacrificing retention or durability.
- comes in one, easily-adjustable piece without moving parts.
- has a lingual-free splint, allowing the most space for your tongue to move freely.
- was designed with clinical expertise.
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that could lead to even more health problems such as chronic fatigue, migraine headaches, sore throat and dry mouth. If you think you may have this condition, it’s important to have a trained professional such as Dr. Fleschler evaluate your situation.
For more information on sleep apnea or to see if the MicrO2 device is right for you, contact Dr. Heather Fleschler at (713) 660-6500. Dr. Fleschler has been treating sleep apnea patients since 2004 in the West University, Bellaire, Meyerland, and River Oaks areas of Houston, Texas