Sleep Apnea Treatments
Conservative Dental Treatment for Sleep Apnea
If you experience snoring, choking, or gasping during sleep, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. This disorder causes you to experience apneic episodes while asleep or periods when you stop breathing. Left untreated, sleep apnea can contribute to high blood pressure, heart disease, daytime fatigue, and even death.
While there are several forms of sleep apnea, the most common type by far is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The anatomy of your mouth and throat causes OSA, and snoring is one of the chief symptoms. Fortunately, we work closely with an office that specializes in treating OSA.
One conservative treatment for sleep apnea is a custom dental appliance that gently advances the position of your jaw. Worn only during sleep, this appliance will reduce snoring in most patients and also allow you to receive more oxygen during sleep. When using the appliance, you will likely notice that you awaken less often during the night, feeling refreshed with more energy during the day.