Sleep Apnea Treatment
WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA?
While snoring is a common symptom, sleep apnea is much more serious than a simple snore. It is a sleep disorder in which breathing periodically starts and stops during the night, and it can have a serious impact on your health. Sleep apnea has been linked to diabetes, stroke, heart disease and more. There are two types of sleep apnea.
Central sleep apnea is caused by your brain sending incorrect signals to your muscles in your sleep — it usually requires the help of a sleep specialist. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea, and it can often be successfully treated in a dentist's office.
CPAP stands for continuous positive air pressure and helps people with obstructive sleep apnea breathe more easily at night. This treatment uses mild air pressures applied through a nasal mask to keep the airways open during sleep. While sleeping with a mask may take some time to get used to, CPAP is the most effective nonsurgical treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.
Oral appliance therapy is the leading treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, and our doctors is highly trained in delivering this service.
There are more than 80 different sleep apnea oral devices on the market today. They look similar to a double retainer and are intended to be worn at night. Some oral appliances are designed to shift the lower jaw forward, while others focus on retaining the tongue to keep it from falling back into the throat during sleep. These appliances open up the airways to help air intake and provide a normal nights sleep. There are a variety of options for your unique case, and our doctors will create a custom-fit appliance for you.
Oral appliances are safe and effective at treating mild to moderate sleep apnea. They are one of the least invasive and most comfortable ways to ensure your apnea troubles don't disrupt your life.
Some severe forms of apnea require more invasive treatments, procedures and surgeries. Set up a consultation to determine how we can help you.