Oral Appliance Therapy
A good night’s sleep is vital to our overall health and ability to function effectively throughout the day. If you or a loved one suffers from snoring and sleep apnea, you may have obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea causes breathing to repeatedly stop and start during sleep. And, while there are several types of sleep apnea, the most common is obstructive sleep apnea. This type of apnea occurs when your throat muscles intermittently relax and block your airway during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is seen in all age groups, but the frequency increases with age and obesity. Patients who don’t properly treat their sleep apnea have an increased risk of Motor Vehicle Accidents, High Blood Pressure/ Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Obesity, Depression, and Stroke.
The good news is, sleep disorders as OSA are very common and often very treatable.
Does any of this sound familiar? Dentists play an important role when working with patients and their sleep physicians in effective solutions related to OSA. When the patient’s airway closes during sleep, there is inadequate oxygen flow to vital organs including the heart and brain. One option to treat patients with mild to moderate OSA, is to have a dental appliance made and custom fit to your specific oral cavity. Oral appliances help to open the patient’s airway, increasing the flow of oxygen. Having a properly fit oral appliance can lead to a quieter, more restful night’s sleep… and a more energetic day.
If you or someone you know is having any issues with poor sleep, please give us a call. We have a very short, simple questionnaire that you can fill out to see if you are at risk. We would be happy to discuss this with you and help to lead you to a local sleep physician.
Contact our office to learn more about an effective way to treat your sleeping problems.