Do you think you have sleep apnea? If you snore loudly, wake up often with a gasping or choking sensation, or struggle with daytime sleepiness even after a full night’s rest, you could possibly be suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea interrupts normal sleeping cycles and deprives your body of its’ much-needed oxygen while you sleep. Long-term sleep apnea is associated with potentially serious complications, including heart disease and stroke. Our sleep apnea dentist offers treatments that can get your symptoms under control right away to help you get the rest you need.
Luckily, several treatments or cures are available for sleep apnea. Lifestyle changes can be quite effective for some, but may not be possible or appropriate for all patients. You may need to change medications or doses, quit smoking or lose weight, as these can contribute to your condition. Additional treatments may also be necessary, including sleep apnea mouthpiece therapy. Also known as oral appliances, mouthpieces are designed to change the position of the lower jaw slightly. By gently moving the jaw forward, the mouthpiece is able to create a wider airway and stabilize the tissues to prevent them from collapsing over the airway. Another design of mouth guards can keep the tongue from flopping back over the throat. Each treatment offers benefits for specific patients.
Oral appliances can be used alone, or in combination with sleep apnea machines and lifestyle changes to cure your nightly symptoms. With the right treatment plan, you can ensure you always have a good night’s sleep and reduce the risk of complications associated with sleep apnea. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our team.