Are you drowsy during the day, even if you allowed plenty of time for sleep the night before? Has your bed partner ever complained that you snore or appear to stop breathing during the night? If this sounds like you, it could mean that you could be suffering from a serious condition called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Denture Care Center works closely with your physician to offer relief for patients with sleep apnea with conservative oral appliance therapy.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder that affects around 20 million Americans. When a person has sleep apnea, he or she will frequently stop breathing for 10 seconds or longer during sleep. The soft tissues in the back of the throat collapses, cutting off airflow, and oxygen levels fall rapidly until the brain signals for your body to restart breathing. Most people won’t wake enough during these episodes to realize what’s happening. Snoring, daytime sleepiness, and memory issues may be the only signs of an underlying problem.
How is sleep apnea treated?
The traditional treatment for sleep apnea, the CPAP is effective and has always been the gold standard for treatment. Unfortunately, many people find that it’s bulky, inconvenient, uncomfortable, and even noisy to use faithfully and compliance is low. These patients are defined as “CPAP intolerant.” If you feel you may be CPAP intolerant or are beginning sleep apnea treatment with your physician schedule a consultation to know your alternative options.
How does the oral appliance work?
If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea by your physician, your dentist can prescribe an oral appliance, which provides a compact, comfortable, custom alternative to CPAP therapy. As a conservative OSA approach, the oral appliance is designed to position the jaw forward, keeping the airway open during sleep. The dentist customizes the appliance to individual patients to ensure a comfortable fit. Since it will easily conform to the contours of your mouth, you’ll likely become used to wearing the nightguard in just a few short days.
To learn more about an oral appliance that can treat your sleep apnea schedule your consultation today.