Don’t Let Sleep Apnea Rob You of Your Rest - Get an Oral Appliance Now!
Do you feel dazed and exhausted when you wake up in the morning? Are you experiencing chronic daytime sleepiness? Do you wake several times during the night or have serious snoring concerns? If the answer to any of these questions, or all of them, is yes, then you might have sleep apnea. In fact, more than 18 million adults in the US alone and as much as 20% of habitually snoring kids have this condition.
With sleep apnea, a sufferer may stop breathing for 10 seconds or more while they are sleeping. Not only is this life-threatening, but it also has a significant impact on oral health. Aside from genetics, several risk factors play a role in the development of this sleeping disorder, including obesity, a neck circumference of more than 17 inches, and even gender.
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or are concerned for a family member or friend, we invite you to visit us at Sunrise Dentistry. We offer custom-made, comfortable oral appliance therapy to help patients breathe well and sleep soundly.
What Is Oral Appliance Therapy?
This non-surgical sleep apnea treatment involves the use of a custom-fit oral appliance. It’s effective and much more convenient than the CPAP machine, so it’s often referred to as a CPAP alternative. This is specifically helpful for patients whose tongues fall back into their airways during sleep, which can obstruct their breathing. The device will help move the jaw forward, clearing the airway and reducing air resistance that causes apnea and snoring.
There are different types of oral appliance therapies, which can be classified into two main categories:
The Tongue Retaining Device (TRD) works as a splint, holding the tongue in place to keep the airway open.
A Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD), on the other hand, gently forces the lower jaw forward and down to help increase the airway opening.
Why Should You Get an Oral Appliance?
These CPAP alternatives offer numerous benefits, including:
Comfort and Handiness
Oral appliances are comfortable and easy to wear. Many patients find it easier to adjust to these devices as compared to a CPAP. It’s also very small and perfect for patients who travel a lot. No need to bring bulky tubes or equipment!
Non-Invasive and Safe
The use of oral appliances does not involve surgery of any kind. The fitting process is fast and easy.
These devices were proven to be effective in improving sleep apnea symptoms, including daytime sleepiness and oxygen saturation.
High Success Rate
Some CPAP users often discontinue treatment because of trouble tolerating forced air. They are also irritated by dry nose or skin rashes. All of these can be prevented with oral appliance therapy and contribute to its high success rate.
At Sunrise Dentistry, we specialize in oral appliance therapy for the treatment of sleep apnea and snoring, all without the use of the CPAP mask. After a complete examination, our dentists will determine the type of appliance that is most suitable for your specific needs. Enjoy sleeping soundly throughout the night, at home or away! Call us today for an appointment.
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