Getting a good night’s sleep is important on a several levels. Sleep affects your appearance as well as your performance. When you suffer from sleep apnea your health is being compromised. Your overall well-being is not what it should be when you wake up several times throughout the night due to a blocked airway. The pauses in your breathing cause you to wake up briefly, disturbing your sleep cycle. People with sleep apnea experience snoring, choking sounds and gasping for breath while sleeping. Women as well as men can suffer from this debilitating condition.
As part of our general dental care treatments, our dentist can help with this disorder with an oral appliance that is worn during sleeping hours. Oral appliance therapy is very effective in mitigating the effects of sleep apnea when its use is indicated by a sleep specialist. The appliance fits in your mouth like an athletic mouth guard. It keeps the lower jaw in a forward position which keeps the airway open. Oral appliance therapy is very effective for treating obstructive sleep apnea and snoring without resorting to noisy, bulky machines.
There are several advantages with oral appliance therapy. The appliance itself is comfortable and easy to wear. Unlike a CPAP machine it is also quiet, low maintenance and easy to travel with. This is the perfect solution for people who have sleep apnea and need to travel frequently.
You will receive a complete evaluation from the dentist as well as information about the benefits and side effects of oral appliance therapy. After your evaluation has been completed, a customized appliance will be made for you. On your next visit to the dentist, your appliance will be fitted and adjusted for comfortable wearing. When worn regularly you should notice a change in how you feel. Your bed partner should also start sleeping better once the snoring stops.
Contact our office today to schedule a consultation for sleep apnea treatment and get the rest you need to be the best you can be.