A bad night of sleep can affect you from the moment you get out of bed. It can affect your daily routine if it happens once, but imagine what can happen when your sleep is compromised on a nightly basis. Sleep apnea is a common condition characterized by pauses in breathing or poor flow of oxygen while an individual is sleeping. These disruptions can be caused by obstruction of the airway most commonly, but also can be caused by the interruption of complex brain signals to the lungs. This disruption of the natural rhythm of a person’s breathing will render a person unable to achieve REM sleep.
Those who live with sleep apnea might toss and turn throughout the night, not only affecting their own sleep, but also their partner’s. Sleep apnea can also affect overall health and exacerbate the following conditions:
High Blood Pressure
Gastroesophageal Regurgitation (Gerd)
Impotence and Erectile Dysfunction
But you don’t have to live under duress if you suffer from Sleep Apnea. Pacific Dental Care can help.
Pacific Dental Care would like to introduce OAT (Oral Appliance Therapy), which are front-line snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea treatments that the patient wears in their mouth during sleep. Think mouthguard or orthodontic retainer. These appliances will help prevent tongue and soft tissue collapse in the back of the throat, which ensures seamless airway flow during sleep.
Dr. Martirosyan will custom tailor treatment to fit your individual needs. There are a number of options for oral appliances and we’ll use the most effective means available to help you achieve restful sleep.
You Might Have Sleep Apnea if…
You wake up groggy in the morning or wake multiple times during the night. Grinding your teeth or experiencing headaches in the morning or throughout the day is also an indication of sleep apnea. If you’re a chronic snorer, you could be not-so-quietly suffering from sleep apnea. If you make gasping or choking sounds in the night, then call Pacific Dental Care and we’ll discuss the many options you have for treatment. We won’t let you suffer another night.
Sleep Apnea Appliances
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a responsibility to protect consumers against products that could prove to be harmful. This includes regulating medical devices such as sleep apnea appliances. The FDA has granted premarket notification to more than 65 different sleep apnea devices since 2010. These appliances have been found to be safe, effective, and perform as promised. They cannot be purchased over-the-counter, and you will need a prescription to get one.
There are numerous models available, and all of them have been FDA-approved for treating obstructive sleep apnea. They should only be used for treating mild to moderate sleep apnea, and they should not be used by patients under the age of 18. You may find that you can purchase oral appliances online, but with this, you run the risk of an improper fit. Getting a sleep apnea appliance directly from your doctor will ensure that it is comfortable to wear.
Sleep apnea appliances are a viable alternative to CPAP therapy. We can evaluate your condition and give you information about your treatment options. We will work with you to give you a customize appliance that provides the greatest comfort and effectiveness possible. Give our sleep apnea expert a call today to learn more about your options.
Your Initial Consultation
Schedule your initial consultation with Pacific Dental Care today. We are an established oral health wellness center with a wide array of services in general, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry, orthodontics, as well as the treatment of sleep apnea.
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