What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep-related disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. The condition is often caused by the soft tissues at the back of the throat relaxing while a person is sleeping. This causes a blockage to the upper airway, which then forces the person to wake up abruptly to essentially catch their breath. The condition can have a serious impact on your quality of life, and it can even be the catalyst for many other medical conditions.
Why is treatment of Sleep Apnea needed?
If you fail to successfully treat your sleep apnea, your quality of life will continue to suffer. You may be too tired during the day to work and spend time with family, even if you think you’re getting a full eight to nine hours of rest. You might be putting off treatment because you’d rather not have to wear a CPAP machine at night. This is incredibly understandable, which is why we offer a simple oral device that is worn to open up the upper airway.
Who is a candidate for treatment of Sleep Apnea?
Patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea can benefit from the treatment that we offer in our office. For more serious cases, we recommend speaking to your doctor before choosing a treatment option. We will go over all medical and health history as well as ask about your symptoms. If you have sleep study results with you, we’ll carefully go over this information to find the best way to treat the condition.
What can you expect during treatment of Sleep Apnea?
Treatment begins with impressions that are taken of your teeth and gums. We use these impressions to make a small oral device that you’ll wear while you sleep. This device is comfortable because it is fitted just for you. The device works by forcing the upper airway to stay open and prevents the soft tissues from collapsing over it. You will find that your sleep apnea symptoms as well as loud snoring are eliminated thanks to this device. Your new sleep apnea device can last for years, but we’ll replace it as soon as it shows signs of wear.
If you would like to learn more about treatment of sleep apnea, call our office today to speak with one of our highly skilled and knowledgeable team members.