Sleep Apnea Treatment – Plano, TX
Helping You Sleep Soundly
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common condition in both children and adults. At Dental Distinction in Plano, Texas, Mohammed Mansour, DDS, BDS, MS, and his team provide custom-made nightguards and snore guards for sleep apnea. These oral appliances keep your jaw in the correct position to improve airflow and help you sleep soundly through the night. For a custom nightguard or snore guard used in sleep apnea treatment for our Plano, TX dentistry patients, call Dental Distinction today to schedule an appointment for sleep apnea solutions and other preventive dentistry solutions.
Why Choose Dental Distinction for Sleep Apnea Treatment?
- Digital Impression System for Precision & Comfort
- 100% Custom-Fit Oral Appliances
- Insurance-Friendly Dental Office
What Is a Nightguard/Snore Guard?
Nightguards and snore guards are oral appliances that fit over your teeth to treat sleep apnea, snoring, teeth grinding, or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
Many of these devices gently push your jaw forward or depress your tongue to open your airway. Others stop your teeth from grinding together to prevent tooth erosion.
What Can a Nightguard/Snore Guard Treat?
Dr. Mansour specializes in creating nightguards and snore guards for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is a condition in which the muscles at the back of the throat relax during sleep, causing the tissues to collapse, temporarily blocking your airways. When you have sleep apnea, you might repeatedly stop breathing hundreds of times during the night.
Loud snoring is the most common sign of sleep apnea. Many people don’t realize they have sleep apnea until a partner or roommate mentions their snoring or paused breathing. Other common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Sore throat in the morning
- Gasping for breath during sleep
- Daytime fatigue
- Dry mouth
- Trouble concentrating
Bruxism occurs when you continually grind your teeth during sleep. A nightguard provides a barrier between your teeth to prevent tooth pain, enamel damage, headaches, and more.
TMJ is a disorder in which the temporomandibular joints on either side of your jaw become damaged or strained. Nightguards hold your jaw in the correct position to relieve pressure from these joints.
How Do I Know Which Nightguard or Snore Guard Is Right for Me?
There are many types of nightguards for sleep apnea and snoring, but the two most common are:
Mandibular advancement device (MAD)
A MAD is a custom-made oral appliance that gently pulls your lower jaw forward while you sleep. The device prevents the tissues at the back of your throat from collapsing, so it can’t disrupt your breathing.
A MAD is an effective alternative to a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine — a device that continuously blows air into your airway through a mask.
Tongue stabilizing device (TSA)
Tongue stabilizing devices are splints that depress your tongue while you sleep to prevent it from blocking your airway. TSAs can help minimize loud snoring from sleep apnea.