Healthy sleep is imperative for optimal wellbeing and health. We all require long periods of sleep to rejuvenate, grow muscle, synthesize hormones and repair tissue. A regular pattern of healthy sleep can also help you maintain a healthy weight and keep your immune system strong.
Healthy sleep also aids in your mental and emotional health. Overnight, bits of information that were gathered during the day are transferred from short-term memory into long-term memory. In addition, after people sleep, they retain information and perform memory tasks better. A healthy sleep schedule can help you stay alert, engaged and motivated. In addition, getting enough sleep can help your mood and prevent feelings of depression.
The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA occurs when soft tissue relaxes in the back of your throat while you sleep, blocking the airway. As the airflow is interrupted, the oxygen level in your blood drops. This causes your brain to restart the breathing process, which often results in choking and gasps. Sleep apnea has varying levels of severity.
Obstructive sleep apnea causes your sleep cycle to reset many times throughout the night. This results not only in a groggy feeling upon waking but can also lead to chronic health issues. Sleep apnea can even be fatal if a severe case is left untreated.
Starting with a sleep evaluation, our dentist will design a sleep treatment plan to meet your specific needs with a series of our medical sleep appliances.
We custom fit each appliance to tailor your needs. Dr. Thomas Grant will instruct you on how to wear your appliance. Our custom sleep treatments include the Vivos appliance which is typically worn in the evening and during sleep for between 18 and 24 months.
Most of our patients notice the effects of treatment within a few days or weeks. Periodic adjustments to your appliance will be made as we work closely with your medical sleep specialist.
At Dental Care of Frisco, we utilize the Vivos system to not only keep your airway open during sleep but to stimulate jaw growth, thus remodeling and improving your airway. Oral myofunctional therapy, chiropractic treatment or referral to other professionals may be suggested to accelerate your treatment.
We encourage you to call our office today at 214-436-5122 for more information about airway development treatments in Frisco, Texas, and to book a visit. We are excited to help you in your journey to healthier, more restful sleep.