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Sleep Dentistry in Amarillo, TX

Snoring Therapy

What is Sleep Dentistry?

Sleep dentistry is a field of dentistry that specializes in the treatment of restricted breathing while sleeping. Known as sleep disordered breathing (SBD), dentists treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea by keeping the airway free of obstructions while sleeping.

Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are often caused by the anatomical structure of the mouth. Specifically, both conditions often result from relaxing tissues in the mouth and throat, while asleep. As the airway narrows, breathing becomes irregular, resulting in obstructive sleep apnea or snoring.


Symptoms of Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Most patients learn that they snore or pause while breathing from someone else. Those who live alone may be unaware of snoring or lapses in breaths while asleep but may experience symptoms including:

  • Excessive sleepiness throughout the day
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Weight gain for unknown reason
  • Awakening in the middle of the night confused
  • Coughing or gagging upon awakening
  • Waking up gasping for air
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability or mood changes
  • Dry, irritated throat upon awakening

Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea may pose serious risks to your health. Left untreated both conditions put your health at risk, as long-term snoring or obstructive sleep apnea may increase your risk of:

  • Hypoxia (decreased blood oxygen levels)
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Heart arrhythmias
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Fatigue


How We Treat Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

At Amarillo Dental Associates, we provide snoring therapy and treatment for obstructive sleep apnea using custom oral appliances that keep the airway open.

Oral Appliances for Snoring
Oral appliances for snoring keep the jaw in a slightly forward position. This prevents the relaxation of the soft tissues, which restrict the airway and lead to tissue rattling while you sleep.

Oral Appliances for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Oral appliances for obstructive sleep apnea position the tongue so that it cannot restrict the airway. This is often achieved through gently pushing the lower jaw (mandible) forward while you sleep.


Why Choose Amarillo Dental Associates?

At Amarillo Dental Associates, our goal is to help our patients protect their oral health, and their overall health. Oral appliances for snoring or obstructive sleep apnea are noninvasive, highly effective treatments for many people.

Serving the patients of Amarillo and surrounding areas for nearly 50 years, Amarillo Dental Associates is helmed by Dr. Ryan Street and Dr. Ryan Hyde, natives of Amarillo who returned to their hometown to practice dentistry and raise their own families. Many of our staff members have been with us for decades, and we love providing friendly, experienced, comprehensive dentistry, including sleep dentistry to all members of your family.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sleep Dentistry

Are oral appliances for snoring uncomfortable?
Oral appliances will feel unusual at first because you’re not used to wearing them. Most patients adapt very quickly to the device. If the device hurts in any way, notify our team.
Will insurance pay for my oral appliance?
For obstructive sleep apnea, your medical insurance may pay for a portion of your device, after you’ve received a diagnosis from your physician. If your insurance does not cover the appliance, you may use a credit card, Cherry financing, or CareCredit to pay for the appliance over time.
Does it hurt to get fitted for an oral appliance?
Not at all. We use digital scanners, X-rays, and cameras to capture the images and impressions necessary to design your oral appliance.
Do I have to wear my oral appliance every night?
Yes. If you’ve been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea or snoring you should wear your appliance nightly.
How do I receive a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea?
Take note of your symptoms and discuss them with your physician. You may be referred for a sleep study to confirm the diagnosis.
Is snoring common?
Snoring is very common. Almost everyone snores at some point. Occasional snoring due to a cold, sinus condition, or allergies is not cause for concern. Chronic snoring should be treated.
Will an oral appliance damage my teeth?
No. All oral appliances provided by Amarillo Dental Associates are made of high-quality materials that are designed to open the airways without causing damage to the teeth.
Can an oral appliance replace a CPAP machine?
Many patients find that an oral appliance is less cumbersome than a CPAP machine. If you currently use a CPAC, talk with your physician about the possibility of switching to an oral appliance.

Schedule a Consultation for Snoring Therapy or Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment

If you’re concerned about snoring, schedule an appointment at Amarillo Dental Associates. If you’ve received a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea, book an appointment by calling 806-355-7463, or sending us a message.

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4525 Van Winkle Dr
Amarillo, TX 79119
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