Sleep Apnea


Orthodontic Treatment To Improve Sleep Quality

Sleep apnea is a condition where a person experiences short pauses in their breath or short breaths during sleep.  Approximately 22 million Americans suffer from some form of sleep apnea and most of those cases go undiagnosed or unnoticed. This irregular breathing during sleep can negatively affect one’s health, increasing the risk of developing certain diseases and other dangerous health conditions. At the orthodontic office of Dr. Roy Gonzalez Jr., we can help treat sleep apnea without the need for a CPAP machine or surgery, preventing the development of other health problems and improve your sleep quality.

What Are The Dangers Of Sleep Apnea & Snoring? 

The irregular breathing caused by sleep apnea interrupt your natural sleep patterns, while also limiting the amount of oxygen that your body gets during sleep. The effect is thus twofold: first interrupting your deeper sleep cycles leaving you feeling less rested, and second, decreasing the oxygen level in your blood and putting more stress on your body during sleep. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to:

  • Increased Blood Pressure
  • Higher Risk Of Heart Attack & Stroke
  • Higher Chances Of Developing Diabetes
  • Increased Chances Of Irregular Heartbeats (Arrhythmia)
To identify if you suffer from sleep apnea, you can get a partner to check if you have any irregular breathing or snoring while you sleep, or get a sleep apnea exam. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, treatment can help prevent these issues from developing or becoming more serious.

How Does Orthodontic Sleep Apnea Treatment Work? 

Sleep apnea is often caused by the obstruction or collapse of your airway during sleep, preventing you from breathing normally. To counteract this, Dr. Gonzalez uses a special orthodontic appliance that when worn, will keep the airway open while you sleep. These sleep apnea appliances are custom made to fit in your mouth comfortably and will breath naturally for an uninterrupted night of sleep. 

How Does A Sleep Apnea Appliance Compare To CPAP Or Surgery?

CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is a common treatment for sleep apnea that uses a machine to pump air into your airway while you sleep, creating a small amount of pressure that will help prevent your airway from collapsing. While it can be effective, this method requires bulky equipment that needs to be cleaned regularly, and can often be uncomfortable as the CPAP masks goes over your nose and mouth while you sleep. 

Surgery is another type of treatment available to those affected by sleep apnea, using a variety of different procedures to cure a wide range of severe sleep apnea cases. These procedures often involve the movement or removal of parts of the jaw bone, throat tissue, or tongue in order to improve the structure and function of the airway. While effective, this method does require a recovery period, typical of any surgical procedure. 

In comparison to these other methods, oral appliance treatment for sleep apnea is non-invasive and does not require the use of bulky machinery. The appliance is easy to clean, easy to travel with, providing convenient and effective relief from most sleep apnea symptoms. 

Schedule An Appointment With Dr. Gonzalez

If you have questions or would like to learn more about oral appliance treatment for sleep apnea, contact us at the orthodontic office of Dr. Roy Gonzalez Jr. in San Antonio. We will conduct an initial exam and consultation with the help of a Board Certified Sleep Specialist to determine the extent of your sleep apnea, and determine what treatment route would best suit your needs. We look forward to helping you find relief from your sleep apnea so you can get healthier, more restful sleep.