Millennium Smiles in Frisco, TX offers treatment for sleep disorders and chronic snoring to restore overall health- and help you get a full night of sleep. Diagnosing and treating a sleep disorder is important for many reasons, including to reduce the many associated health risks. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been linked to an increased incidence of cardiovascular disease and systemic disease.
Signs & Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
- Feeling groggy or sleepy during the day
- Dry mouth in the morning
- Headaches in the morning
- Difficulty concentrating
- Restless sleep, sudden waking
Dr. Dunia Korous will work with your general physician to conduct a diagnostic sleep study if necessary to determine if your snoring is a result of OSA. Although there are several risk factors for OSA, it is more prevalent among male patients.
Common Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea:
- Being overweight or obese
- Being a smoker
- Having high blood pressure
- Having a large neck circumference
- Chronic nasal congestion
OSA can be a serious health issue, especially for those who have existing cardiovascular or systemic disease, such as diabetes. OSA can significantly raise the risk for stroke and heart attack if left untreated.
Sleep Apnea: Treatment Options
Dr. Korous has extensive knowledge of the structures and tissues of the mouth and can provide effective treatment that addresses the most common cause of a sleep disorder: collapsing soft tissue at the back of the throat.
Dr. Korous offers oral appliance therapy for patients suffering from mild to moderate OSA or sleep apnea. An alternative to CPAP treatment, oral appliance therapy is more comfortable and convenient, leading to better compliance.
Custom fit, your oral appliance is much like a sports mouthguard. It is designed to position the jaw and prevent the soft tissue at the back of the throat from being able to collapse into the airway, causing a momentary but continuous cessation of breathing. Patients can speak and drink fluids easily while wearing an oral appliance, finding it less embarrassing than the bulky CPAP.