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Sleep Apnea

Solutions from your El Paso Dentists

Do you have trouble sleeping at night? Do you or anyone you know suffer from snoring and daytime sleepiness? Then you may be experiencing obstructive sleep apnea. At Picasso Smiles Dental, we will work with you to find a solution to your sleep apnea at our El Paso dentist offices.


What is Sleep Apnea?

Snoring is the fluttering sound that results from the vibration of the collapsing tongue & soft tissue in the back of the throat while asleep. Virtually all sleep apnea patients have a history of loud snoring.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a serious, potentially life-threatening medical condition and must be diagnosed by a physician. Diagnosis is based on the results of an overnight sleep study called a Polysomnogram (PSG), along with a patient evaluation and history.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when your throat muscles intermittently relax and block your airway during sleep. These "non-breathing" episodes can dangerously last from a few seconds to minutes and may occur more than 30 times an hour. These breathing pauses will move you out of deep sleep and into light sleep, and cause serious health problems.


Who does it affect?


Health Issues Caused by OSA

Aside from the snoring, and the poor quality of sleep, chronic OSA causes multiple major health problems including:



Treatment Options

Obstructive sleep apnea treatment may involve using a device to keep your airway open like the CPAP (Continuous Airway Pressure) or using a dental mouthpiece to keep your jaw forward during sleep.


Therapy through your Physician


Oral Appliances Therapy through your Dentist

There are more than 80 types of oral appliances are available with two basic categories: Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD) or Tongue Retained Appliances (TRA). It is important that the right type of appliance is selected for your particular case. Having an appliance that is comfortable for you is Picasso Smiles' highest goal, as it will ensure ease of use and greatest compliance.

Your oral appliance is a device that is worn in the mouth, similar to an orthodontic retainer or a mouth guard. The appliance attempts to keep your airway open during sleep, promoting adequate air intake. It does so by trying to prevent your tongue and soft tissues from collapsing in the back of the throat.


Additional Information


Thank you for choosing Picasso Smiles for your sleep apnea treatment in El Paso. We are happy to answer any additional questions you may have. Contact us at our El Paso dental practices for more information.

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