Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is an illness where your breathing periodically stops throughout the night while sleeping. Sleep apnea causes you to wake up when you stop breathing, which ultimately can deprive you of a good night’s rest. If you continuously wake up not refreshed, sleepy, and fatigued then you may have sleep apnea. Those who snore during their sleep are susceptible to this condition and it is recommended that you see your general dentist.

Snoring while Sleeping

Snoring occurs because the person’s breathing is obstructed due to a number of reasons, with a main reason being the obstruction of your airway by your tongue. In many cases, snoring is benign, but it can possibly be an indication of obstructive sleep apnea along with morning headaches, moodiness, irritability, daytime sleepiness, choking, gasping or snorting during sleep as well as having problems concentrating.

Treatments for Sleep Apnea & Snoring

A good night’s rest is essential to one’s mental and emotional well-being. Sleep apnea can increase the risk of serious health problems, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes. That is why it is important for people with dental sleep apnea to seek treatment as soon as possible.

Oral appliance therapy is one of the most commonly used sleep apnea treatments. Oral appliances provides a solution for patients who may dislike their CPAP or be totally intolerant of CPAP.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is generally considered the gold standard of treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. However, in almost half of the cases where it is prescribed, it is poorly tolerated or simply rejected due to its cumbersome and intrusive nature. If you or a loved one snores or has had difficulty wearing their medically prescribed CPAP, we have the experience necessary to offer a dental solution. There are two main types of appliances that can be used for oral appliance therapy, a mandibular advancement appliance and a tongue retaining appliance. A mandibular advancement appliance works by advancing the lower jaw forward, which prevents the airway from closing. It also helps prevent one from snoring while sleeping. A tongue-retaining device holds the tongue forward, and prevents it from obstructing your airway. Oral appliance therapy is one of the most effective sleep apnea treatments. In fact, it is estimated that 85 to 90 percent experience relief after getting oral appliance therapy.

Oral appliances promote adequate air intake and help to provide normal sleep in people who snore and have sleep apnea. Oral appliances can be used alone or in conjunction with other means of therapy such as continuous positive air pressure (CPAP). Please call our office today for a consultation on sleep apnea and oral appliance therapy.

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