We Provide Help For Sleep Apnea

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Do you wake up feeling restless each morning? Have others let you know that you snore loudly at night? When these symptoms present, they could mean that you have sleep apnea. Left untreated, this condition not only saps your energy but can serious risks to your heart health as well. In today’s blog, your Sunny Smiles dentist talks about how we help you treat sleep apnea.

Stopping Your Breathing While You Sleep

When you have sleep apnea, your airways become obstructed, causing your breathing to stop and begin again many times while you are asleep. This can be caused by a softening of the soft tissues, large tonsils, obesity,  and other issues. To restart your breathing, your brain briefly wakes up, interrupting your sleep cycle and preventing you from getting a full night’s rest. Many people with this condition are completely unaware that they wake up intermittently. Other common symptoms are feeling like you are choking or gasping in the night, headaches, dry mouth, and loud snoring. Your mood may suffer when you wake up feeling irritated. If you recognize these symptoms in yourself, do not hesitate to let us explore solutions for treating your condition.

The Impact On Your Total Health

This disorder affects your life throughout your entire day as you suffer the consequences of a chronic lack of sleep. You can find concentrating on tasks at work difficult, and your snoring can impact your loved one’s ability to sleep. Because sleep deprivation impairs your immune response, you can find yourself becoming ill more often. As your inability to breathe properly causes your blood pressure to spike, sleep apnea places real strain on your cardiovascular system. Advanced cases can even lead to heart disease and strokes.

Wearing An Oral Appliance While You Sleep

To help open your airways and allow you to breathe more easily at night, we could create an oral appliance. To begin, we will take detailed digital images of your mouth to create a custom-fit piece. This device resembles a traditional mouthguard but is worn while you sleep. The appliance operates by shifting your jaw into a more open position and repositioning the tongue to unrestrict the flow of your breathing. You may find this solution more convenient than a prescription CPAP machine and more comfortable to sleep with. After treatment with your oral appliance, you can wake up feeling refreshed and able to take charge of your day!


If you wake up feeling constantly tired and have a problem with snoring at night, our team could help you put an end to the constant interruptions. If you would like to schedule a visit and learn more, then contact our Sunny Smiles location on N Zaragoza Rd in El Paso, TX at 915-849-9000.