Learn about the symptoms and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea explained by dentist in Longview, TX

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At the practice of Dr. Clint Bruyere, Longview, TX patients have a wide selection of services available under one roof. Not only does Dr. Bruyere provide quality general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry solutions, he also provides treatment for patients who have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. Treatment often involves oral appliance therapy and allows patients who have been put on CPAP machines to finally ditch these cumbersome devices for something more comfortable and discreet!

Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea

Also known as OSA, obstructive sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder. The symptoms, as explained by our dentist, Dr. Clint Bruyere, may include some of the following:

  • Chronic snoring
  • Gasping for air while sleeping
  • Periods of time where breathing stops
  • Increased daytime fatigue
  • Increased depression and anxiety
  • Dry mouth in the morning
  • Chronic headaches

Many of these symptoms can point a primary care physician to obstructive sleep apnea, and to get a proper diagnosis, patients undergo a sleep study. This may be done at home with monitors or in a sleep clinic where patients are monitored throughout the night.

What is obstructive sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that occurs when the airway is blocked. This can occur due to the tongue falling back into the mouth, excess fat in the neck area, or even from a poorly aligned jaw. In many cases, a physician will advise the patient who has a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea to use a device called a CPAP machine. This has a mask that goes over the patient’s nose and mouth to keep the airways open while they sleep. However, they can be noisy, uncomfortable, and in many cases, patients fail to comply with their treatment. This is when patients are advised to visit their dentist. Instead of using a CPAP machine, patients can improve their condition by using an oral appliance.

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Understanding oral appliance therapy

Oral appliance therapy is a treatment that utilizes a specialized mouth guard to keep the airway open while a patient sleeps. This is necessary to allow them to breathe clearly throughout the night to reach the deeper levels of restorative sleep to feel their best each day. This oral appliance is similar to a mouth guard that the patient wears when they sleep at night. It is discreet and comfortable, ensuring better patient compliance than the CPAP machine. This treatment works for most of our patients who have mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.

Who is a candidate for oral appliance therapy?

Senior woman using cpap machine to stop choking and snoring from obstructive sleep apnea

Any patient who has been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea may be able to utilize oral appliance therapy to treat their condition. We encourage patients who have received a diagnosis to work with our team to decide if treatment with a specialized mouth guard would be beneficial and improve compliance with treatment. Treatment is necessary to help patients improve their overall quality of life, reducing problems such as daytime fatigue, poor memory and concentration, and even increased depression and anxiety. With proper treatment, many patients feel more alive than they ever did before, completely changing their energy levels. For patients who have had the condition for many years without a proper diagnosis, this can be life changing!

How to care for your oral appliance

When patients receive their custom oral appliance, they are also educated on how to care for it. It needs to be cleaned daily to extend its longevity. It also reduces smell that may develop each night when it is worn. When patients return to the dentist for their routine examinations, they should also bring their oral appliance to have it evaluated by the dentist and ensure it still fits properly to function at its best.

Ready to discuss your oral health concerns with a dental professional?

Dr. Clint Bruyere of Longview, TX is a dentist ready to work with patients in his state-of-the-art facility. Contact his practice today at 444 Forest Square, Suite G by calling (903) 708-6116. He encourages patients to work with a dentist they know and trust with their smile, including a professional with years of experience in maintaining patients’ smiles!

 

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PAIN FREE!!! Dr. Bruyere provides EXCELLENT dental work! COURTEOUS staff! GENUINE care & concern for me! Educational!
~Billie Jean Robertson
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I've been going to Dr. Bruyere for 24 years. I had gone to several Dentists and Dr before coming to him for severe neck and shoulder pain. He was the only one who found the source. I had T.M.J. He found help for me, and I will be so greatul to him. He has
~Carloyn B.
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I love the people and I am impressed with Dr. Bruyere. He informed me on possible future problem so I could try to take care of it myself. Thanks to all the professional staff!
~Neil Petty
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Such a conscientious practice with genuinely caring and compassionate folks. You couldn't ask for more.
~Lori C.
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Dr. Bruyere's office is the best. Friendly staff and quick to get you in and out. You even get a chair message while you et your teeth cleaned. I definitely recommend this dentist office.
~Jennifer H.
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Dr. Bruyere is the greatest. If I had to rate him on a scale of 1-10, he would be above that. He and his staff have always been there for me when I needed them.
~Katherine Keith
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I worked for Dr. Bruyere for 10 years and he was AMAZING to work for and has continued to be my Dentist. I would always recommend him to anyone!!
~Becky H.
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My husband and I have been going to see Dr Bruyere for many years now and we LOVE him! He always does an amazing job if you need any work done. Ginny usually does our cleanings and she is great also and very sweet! I highly recommend giving them a try if
~Dawn M.
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Established new patient care with Dr. Bruyere bc of my friend Ginny. Why didn't I do this years ago? I need work done, but I'm confident it will get done correctly this time. Thanks Ginny for cleaning my teeth better than ever :)
~Kandi Koster
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Dr. Bruyere's office is the best. Friendly staff and quick to get you in and out. You even get a chair message while you et your teeth cleaned. I...
~Jennifer H.
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Always cheerful, pleasant and professional. The staff are wonderful and there's no need to dread going to the dentist when you're going here.
~Sherry Smart
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Amazing care and staff at Dr Bruyere's office. Special thanks to Dawn, best Dental Hygienist.
~Catrina B.
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Very nice office setting. Great staff, very knowledgeable and courteous. Dr Bruyere was very patient, kept me abreast of all portions of his clinical exam. I would highly recommend.
~Catrina Beard
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Best dentist hands down! Staff is friendly and has a way of making you feel like family. I've been a patient for many years. I wouldn't trade Dr. Bruyere and staff for anything!
~jamaicadarden
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The sweetest staff I've ever encountered!! I've always been terrified of the dentist and I haven't been in years. My first visit with them went amazing! They took care of me and made sure I was comfortable. Highly recommend to anyone who gets nervous with
~MaKenna Tefteller
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Always welcomed with a smile and a small chat to catch up before I have to stop talking, lol. Sweet, sweet people that take their time and are never in a rush. Perfection is important to them! Always look forward to going.
~Addison Smith
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Dr. Bruyere and his staff were quick to take care of me and even refer me to another doctor when I had an infection. They were kind, accommodating, and thorough.
~Lori Davis
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Always excellent care. Dr. Bruyere is an exceptional dentist and I highly recommend him. I've been going here for five years and I'll continue as long as I live in Longview.
~Rodney Wilson
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PAIN FREE!!! Dr. Bruyere provides EXCELLENT dental work! COURTEOUS staff! GENUINE care & concern for me! Educational!
~Billie Jean Robertson
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I love the girls in there they are always so sweet. They care about you and really get to know you. I have only been there once and they remembered me the second time!!
~Misty Bottos
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Has been our dentist for several years. Very conscientious and caring. Friendly and professional!! Would highly recommend!!!
~P Trice
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Best dentist hands down! Staff is friendly and has a way of making you feel like family. I've been a patient for many years. I wouldn't trade Dr. Bruyere and staff for anything!
~jamaicadarden
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Dr. Bruyere has the most helpful office staff. They make coming here a pleasure. Dr. Bruyere is very professional and thorough in all aspects of dental treatment. He has been a tremendous support to our entire family. Thanks for all you do!
~Anna Pratt
Rating: 5 Review Score
Everyone there is really nice and courteous. The cleaning hurt a little but I haven't seen a dentist in 5 years before that so they had to do a lot to get them all clean. Couldn't have asked for a better experience. Also they have a smokin hot dental assistant to take your x rays.
~Rabid Beaver
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I had my teeth cleaned, it was a pleasant experience... Jenny does a great job! ????
~Tony Stone
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Both my wife and I are very very happy with the Professional Services. Also we love the friendly atmosphere
~Thomas Faust
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Prompt on time and service with a smile. Dr. Bruyere takes extra care to be sure his patients are pain free and happy with their service before they leave. Great staff too always smiling and happy to see you.
~Xocia Mc Clendon
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Excellent, and timely service. Straight-forward dental care. They don't try to pressure you in to any frilly bells and whistles. Ginny does a great job she is a true professional.
~Kevin L
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I love the people and I am impressed with Dr. Bruyere. He informed me on possible future problem so I could try to take care of it myself. Thanks to all the professional staff!
~Neil Petty
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Recently had a cleaning done and it was a great experience! Staff was very friendly and appeared to be very knowledgeable. Highly reccomend!
~Chris Hernandez
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My experience was great. Always feel comfortable and well taken care of. Would highly recommend to anyone in need of dental care
~Rose McCollaum
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My first visit was today and i must say this is the absolute best dentist experience ive had. I need alot done but i will no longer be affraid or keep putting of dental visits. The staff as well as Dr Bruyere are so nice and caring.
~WENDI KINARD
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This office is wonderfully nice, accommodating, and caring. They listened and took care of me quickly and efficiently. And did I say nice? I recommend Dr. Bruyere highly.
~Ruth Stoddard
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ALWAYS happy with Dr. Bruyere and his staff! They are the perfect balance of friendly and professional!
~Whitley Walden
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Went in for yearly teeth cleaning. Was the best one yet! I remembered to ask for numbing gel since my teeth are a little sensitive and it went really smoothly. I loved the girl that I had this time as she was very thorough and friendly.
~Jessica Pennington
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Always have such a great experience here. Professional cleaning and great feedback to better help my hygiene moving forward. Not to mention the beautiful hygienist that works there! A+ work from such nice people.
~Ryon Kampmann
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I’ve been going to Dr. Bruyere for thirty years. Due to health insurance changes over the years, I’ve seen three other Longview dentists. After the last one, I finally decided Dr. Bruyere is worth paying out of network when necessary...I’m not changing again. He’s simply the best. He goes above and beyond to take my fears into consideration and has never made me feel silly. His staff is top notch, too!
~e b
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Great people! Thorough care provider! Thanks to them
~Wendy & LC Lomers
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Wonderful staff and genuinely concerned for their clients. I am pregnant and after looking at a washed out filling, they opted to wait on it since it wasn't an emergency ( and avoid any risk to the baby, even if slim) when others may have fixed it just for the business. Loved their concern & attention to our needs over theirs!! Also, we are cash pay and they are great at helping us find ways to make our regular dental care more affordable.
~Jenelle Graber
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I called to get my husband in as a new patient .They got him right in. He had broken two teeth. They fixed them and we are scheduled for a follow-up to see what we're going to do from there. Thank you for your quick, kind, courteous help. Everyone in the office was great!
~Suzanne Denman
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Always a great experience. Clint Bruyere and his team have improved my dental health. And they have taught me how to better care for my teeth and gums! Making my overall oral health better!!!
~Keith Hill
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I love Dr B and his amazing staff! They always attend to every question and every detail. They always make me feel welcome. Today they were very busy but I never felt the least bit rushed. I’m a super satisfied customer!
~Tami Reitinger
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The experience was AWSOME! The girls in the front were very nice! I was able to get an appointment the same day I called! The dentist was very nice. The ambience was very relaxing and made me feel very comfortable. I will definitely recommend to friends and family! ????????
~Jon R
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I always have a good experience here. The hygienists are always friendly and easy to work with. Dr. Bruyere is an excellent dentist and always shows he cares about his patients.
~Rodney Wilson
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Best dentist hands down! Staff is friendly and has a way of making you feel like family. I've been a patient for many years. I wouldn't trade Dr. Bruyere and staff for anything!
~jamaicadarden
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As always... great appointment, wonderful staff, and preferential treatment. I love Dr Bruyere and would recommend his practice to everyone who will listen.
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