Do you wake up tired and irritable? Does your spouse complain that you snore or gasp for breath at night? You may be one millions of Americans to suffer from a sleep-breathing disorder known as sleep apnea. Dr. Richardson can help you regain restful slumber with comfortable oral appliance therapy.
Sleep apnea is characterized by lapses in breathing that last for 10 seconds or longer. These lapses prevent oxygen from reaching the brain and can happen hundreds of times throughout the night. Patients with sleep apnea can suffer from:
Snoring and sleep apnea are often attributed to blocked air passages. Many patients have sought treatment with a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine, which delivers a continual flow of oxygen to through the airways while a patient sleeps. However, the CPAP machine is noisy and cumbersome, and many patients discontinue treatment. As an alternative to CPAP, Dr. Richardson can provide a comfortable, custom-made oral appliance that repositions the jaw, tongue, and palate, allowing for unobstructed airflow. Oral appliance therapy has been proven effective for treating snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea.
Call our dental office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Richardson. We give Houston, West University, Bellaire, Texas Medical Center, and surrounding areas exceptional, quality care for a lifetime of beautiful, engaging smiles!