Sleep apnea is a condition that affects many people. It occurs when there is a lack of, or an inability to stay in a deep sleep because of interrupted breathing. Sleep apnea is generally caused by an uncontrolled obstruction that can be treated. In some cases of sleep apnea, dental treatments are able to help restore sleep. This can be great news for both the sufferer, as well as anyone that may be sleeping beside or around the one with the disorder. Oral appliance therapy is one of the leading ways in helping to correct sleep apnea. There are many benefits to using an oral appliance. The appliance is fitted by your dentist, and will be comfortable and easy to wear. Oral appliances are portable, and very easy to use and maintain. They are also very convenient, and won’t be disruptive like other treatment options can be.
Some of the benefits to considering a dental aid for help with sleep apnea are a better nights rest with less to no snoring at all, and a significant reduction of some of the risks involved with sleep apnea. Some of those risks include increased chances of high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, obesity, added stresses on the heart and cardiovascular system, and general overall tiredness with an increased chance of accident.
If a dental treatment for sleep apnea seems like something that you may want to consider for yourself, or you know of someone that might benefit from it, please contact us today. The dentist will work alongside your physician to ensure that it is the very best treatment available for your condition. After you have made your appointment, here is what you can expect from us:
- We will complete a thorough evaluation on your current condition, and see what dental treatments and options are available for you.
- If it is decided that a dental aid is a possible solution for your sleep apnea, then the dentist will have x-rays done, and make dental impressions to determine a proper fit.
- Follow-up visits to the dentist will then be needed after the initial fitting appointment. This is needed to ensure that it is working to your benefit, and to make any minor adjustments if necessary.
Once your sleep apnea has been reduced or eliminated, you can begin to enjoy a better night’s rest that will not only help you to sleep and breather better, but also feel less fatigued during the day with the use of a dental aid.