Sleep Apnea & Sleep Dentistry
Obstructive sleep apnea is a clinically recognized problem. If you’re suffering from obstructive sleep apnea – like some 25 million other adults in the United States – you may find sleep restless, stressful, or painful. Sleep apnea sufferers endure oxygen restrictions while they sleep due to pauses in their breathing cycle. These pauses are caused by throat and oral relaxation and constrictions. If you’re experiencing sensations of choking, snoring, gasping, or suffocation-like symptoms, you likely have sleep apnea. Visit a doctor to receive a complete diagnosis.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
Sleep apnea can be a serious health hazard, but it is treatable. If you’re aware of your sleep apnea problem, you may want to consider therapy. There are various treatment types available:
- CPAP therapy: CPAP therapy involves a specialized facemask that’s connected to a machine. The machine maintains regular breathing patterns, ensuring your safety during sleep.
- Oral appliance therapy: Certain candidates may be able to use a device (an oral appliance) that looks like a mouth guard. This device keeps the jaw well-positioned during sleep, allowing air passageways to remain open.
- Surgical therapy: This is more of a last-resort option, as procedures are invasive, and the rate of success may vary.
If you’re affected by sleep apnea, give your local dentist a call here at Lifetime Smiles. We’ll give you input on the best solution for your needs.