Sleep apnea affects millions of people worldwide and can have a serious impact on your quality of life. Most often, being overweight, obese or having other respiratory issues can increase your chances of developing sleep apnea. The condition is caused by the soft tissues at the very back of the throat relaxing and covering the airway. This results in loud snoring and cessations in your breathing throughout the night, which causes you to continually wake up to catch your breath. We offer a simple oral device appliance that opens the airway, eliminating sleep apnea symptoms.
Why might Sleep Apnea Treatment be needed?
Sleep apnea is a medical condition that can seriously impact your way of life. Because you're not sleeping properly, you'll find that you are too exhausted to do anything throughout the day. You may even find yourself falling asleep on the job or when trying to spend time with your loved ones. The loud snoring at night can even be disruptive to your loved ones, causing them to stay awake as well.
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Who is a candidate for Sleep Apnea Treatment?
Patients with more mild sleep apnea symptoms can often benefit from the oral device that we make for them in the office. This device works by opening the airway, which makes it easier for you to breathe while you sleep. We will go over your health and medical history to ensure that treatment is right for you. If you have sleep apnea, it is important to consider treatment to improve your quality of life.
What happens during Sleep Apnea Treatment?
We will take impressions of your mouth and teeth. These molds are then used to make the appliance that you'll wear. You will come into the office to have the appliance fitted and adjusted as needed. You should wear the device each night in order for it to work effectively at treating your sleep apnea. We can then replace the device as it begins to wear or become damaged. Sleep apnea patients find that these oral devices are incredibly comfortable and highly effective at treating the condition.
If you want to learn more about sleep apnea treatment, call us today so that our helpful staff members can answer all of your questions.
What is a Sleep Apnea Mouthpiece or Oral Device?
If your sleep apnea events—partial or complete losses of breath during any part of your sleep routine—number 5 to 30 per hour, your doctor may give you the option of using an oral appliance to expand your airway and ease your breathing. Although anti-snoring devices work this way as well, these oral appliances are specifically designed to manage and aid sleep apnea suffering directly.
Oral Appliances may also be used in patients with severe OSA, experiencing more than 30 events per hour, when a CPAP is not tolerated by the patient. It is a custom-fitted mouth guard that keeps your airway open by extending your jaw slightly forward to make room for your airway in between the soft tissue in your throat.
Tired of your CPAP? CPAP Intolerance Alternative
If you find yourself tired of having trouble sleeping due to discomfort in a CPAP, dry airways from constant forced air, clunky packaging for travel, or loud whirring noises from your partner’s CPAP—this is for you. Oral devices for sleep apnea are often used as a substitute for CPAP or sleep apnea surgery, because they’re naturally more cost-effective and less invasive
These oral appliances are made by licensed sleep medicine dentists and are now available as a viable option for treating mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Sleep isn’t just a gift, it’s a necessity. Find better rest today and schedule an appointment with North Shore Family Dental to evaluate your needs and find an affordable solution to your struggles with sleep.