Have your loved ones complained about snoring that has become so loud you are waking the entire house? Do you wake up in the mornings still feeling exhausted, even after a complete night’s worth of sleep? Have you found yourself feeling tired, foggy, or even irritable during the day? Do you suffer from frequent headaches, jaw pain, and other pains that you can’t seem to explain? If so, it could be the quality of your sleep that is to blame, and not the quantity. For the millions of Americans that suffer from sleep apnea, restful sleep can be increasingly difficult to come by, leading to a host of medical concerns ranging from depression to high blood pressure. Fortunately, if you are diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), your dentist might be able to help! In fact, you might just be pleasantly surprised how quickly and effectively the dentist could help you stop snoring, and even more importantly, start sleeping better!
What Treatment Option Is Right for You?
While Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machines (CPAP) are one way a dentist or doctor might recommend to treat sleep apnea, many patients prefer a less invasive treatment option. That is because CPAP machines can be loud, which can cause annoyance to both the sufferers of sleep apnea and those nearby. They also require a patient to go to sleep wearing a mask, which can seem cumbersome and difficult to adjust to wearing.
Sleep appliances provide a less invasive alternative, and one that is familiar to many patients. That is because the sleep appliances are made similarly to a mouthguard, like the kind provided by general dentists and worn to protect the teeth during many intense sporting events, or even those supplied during orthodontic treatment. Only a sleep appliance functions by helping to keep the jaw in a comfortable position, throughout the night, and one that allows for free airflow.