It Depends on the Type of Sleep Apnea Affecting You

Obstructive

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea. Due to overly relaxed or enlarged throat muscles, large tonsils, adenoids, or a serious overbite, the airways become too narrow during sleep and restrict the flow of oxygen. Dr. Teja can often treat OSA with a custom oral appliance.

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Central

Central sleep apnea (CSA) is less common but much more serious. The condition occurs when your brain stops regulating breathing during sleep. CSA requires a specialist's care, and Dr. Teja can provide you with a referral.

Complex

Also known as mixed sleep apnea, complex sleep apnea is a combination of both OSA and CSA. Patients with complex sleep apnea do not respond to treatments for OSA alone. Dr. Teja can work with your other doctors to find a solution.

Show me how OSA affects my ability to breathe...

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Tell me more about my treatment options...

From Simple to Surgical

Oral Appliance

Dr. Teja can design a custom mouthpiece that fits comfortably over your teeth and repositions your lower jaw to a forward position during the night, opening your airways and reducing snoringStudies have shown that oral appliances are effective for 50% of OSA sufferers, including those with severe OSA.

CPAP

Continuous positive airway pressure therapy, or CPAP, involves wearing a mask that delivers positive air pressure to keep the airways open while you sleep

Combining Oral Appliances and CPAP

If an oral appliance alone fails to help you achieve restful sleep, or if you do not like using a CPAP machine, Dr. Teja may recommend a special combination of the two. This involves administering air pressure through a nasal device while also wearing the oral appliance

Surgery

If noninvasive treatments cannot help you overcome issues caused by excess tissue, large tonsils, or enlarged adenoids, surgery may be recommended. During the procedure, a surgeon can remove the excess tissue to improve airflow.

Oral Appliances versus CPAP

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Although CPAP is an effective OSA treatment, many patients find that they prefer oral appliances because:

  • They can be more comfortable to wear than CPAP masks.
  • Oral appliances do not cause dry or itchy sinuses, which CPAP often can.
  • CPAP involves tubes and other equipment that can become tangled or knocked around during sleep.
  • It is far easier to travel with an oral appliance.

What does a sleep apnea appliance look like?

Oral appliance

Each oral appliance is customized for a comfortable fit.

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Diagnosis and Treatment

Before recommending a treatment option, Dr. Teja must gather information about your health history, sleep patterns, and other data:

In addition to reducing snoring throughout the night, a custom oral appliance can help you feel well-rested and improve your quality of life.

The Stages of Sleep Apnea Treatment

In addition to reducing snoring throughout the night, a custom oral appliance can help you feel well-rested and improve your quality of life.

Consultation

If you suspect you have sleep apnea or want a second opinion, Dr. Teja can conduct an examination of your symptoms.

Sleep Study

You will likely need to attend a sleep study. The study can take place at a sleep center or in your home.

Recommendations

Based on the results of your sleep study, Dr. Teja can recommend the right treatment. For most patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy can offer relief.

Impressions

If you opt for oral appliance therapy, we will take impressions of your smile and send them to our lab, where technicians will create your device.

Using Your Mouthpiece

Once your mouthpiece is complete, simply put it in before bed to experience relief from your uncomfortable sleep apnea symptoms.

Sleep Apnea Treatment Can Improve Both Emotional and Physical Symptoms

*According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine 

So a device is usually all it takes to start having a good night's sleep?

Lifestyle Changes Can Be Equally Essential

Stop Drinking and Smoking

Research has shown a link between habitual drinking and breathing issues during sleep.  In addition, quitting smoking can reduce sleep apnea and prevent other health problems.

Lose Weight

Researchers at the American College of Physicians (ACP) have found that for many patients, weight loss is an effective method of improving the symptoms of OSA.

Sleep on Your Side

Sleeping on your side instead of on your back can prevent the muscles in your throat from blocking oxygen flow during sleep.

I can deal with a little fatigue. Can treatment wait?

OSA Is a Hazard to Your Health

Untreated obstructive sleep apnea can lead to:

  • Drowsy driving
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased stroke risk
  • Weight gain
  • Teeth clenching & grinding

If you think you may be suffering from OSA, you have everything to gain by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Teja as soon as possible.

Dr. Max Teja

Dr. Teja

Dr. Teja is a skilled dentist focused on improving your overall health. He is dedicated to providing biocompatible dentistry services to protect your total body health. Our practice is proud to be affiliated with several prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Dental Association
  • International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology
  • World Clinical Laser Institute

For more information about our services, contact our office online or call (325) 223-2373 today.

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I have been to a number of dentists and this one is by far the best and most caring one. I could not be happier with my experience here...they truly care about the well-being of your body!!!! Love the staff as well!!! Adriene V.

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I have been to a number of dentists and this one is by far the best and most caring one. I could not be happier with my experience here...they truly care about the well-being of your body!!!! Love the staff as well!!! Adriene V.

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San Angelo Office

4331 College Hills Blvd San Angelo, TX 76904

Open Today 8:00am - 5:00pm

More Info Directions (325) 223-2373

Message

I have been to a number of dentists and this one is by far the best and most caring one. I could not be happier with my experience here...they truly care about the well-being of your body!!!! Love the staff as well!!! Adriene V.