Sleep Apnea Treatment From Your Dentist in Hemet
A serious disorder that disrupts a person’s breathing while they sleep, there are three types of sleep apnea: central, mixed, and obstructive. The most common type is obstructive, wherein the upper airway is partially or completely blocked, which prompts the chest and diaphragm muscles to work harder to open the airway. This often results in a body jerk or loud gasp, interrupting the sufferer’s sleep, minimizing their oxygen flow to vital organs, and potentially causing issues with their heart rhythm.
Some common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include snoring, daytime headaches and/or grogginess, sudden nighttime awakenings that involve choking or gasping, dry mouth or sore throat when waking, night sweats, trouble concentrating or feelings of forgetfulness or irritability, and more.
How can my dentist help?
After a sleep study is performed, a sleep professional may recommend that a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine be used for patients with moderate to severe sleep apnea. For those experiencing mild to moderate sleep apnea, an oral appliance that resembles a mouthguard will often be recommended, since it prevents the tongue from blocking the throat and helps the lower jaw move into a forward position, opening the airway during sleep.
Our dentist will evaluate your unique situation and determine if a dental appliance is ideal for you. If so, an impression will be made of your teeth and one of two devices will be crafted: a mandibular advancement device or a tongue retaining mouthpiece. Each resembles a sports mouthguard (the tongue retaining mouthpiece features a small compartment that fits around the tongue and uses suction to keep it forward) and allows airways to be open while a patient sleeps.
Once the recommended appliance has been created, we’ll schedule a visit to check its fit and walk you through how to care for your device.
Have additional questions about how we may be able to help with this condition? Call our office today!
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- Utilize a customized device to open your airway while you sleep
- Achieve more restful sleep
- Eradicate morning headaches and daytime grogginess
- Lower your risk for high blood pressure, depression, and heart disease
- An ideal treatment option for patients who can’t tolerate CPAP!