What is Sleep Apnea Treatment?
Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that affects a person’s ability to breathe fully at night. It’s marked by loud snoring and cessations in breathing caused by an obstruction to the airway. Certain lifestyle and genetic factors can contribute to a person developing sleep apnea. Treatment can be as easy as wearing a dental appliance each night to open the upper airway.
Why is Sleep Apnea Treatment needed?
Treatment of sleep apnea is needed because the disorder can and will eventually affect your quality of life. Sleep apnea can leave you feeling exhausted and unable to get through the day. It’s even been linked to other health disorders, like high blood pressure and type two diabetes. Early treatment of sleep apnea can prevent the disorder from getting worse and getting in the way of your quality of life.
Who is a good candidate for Sleep Apnea Treatment?
Most patients with sleep apnea are familiar with CPAP machines. While these machines are still useful for many patients, they aren’t the best choice for some. If you have mild to moderate sleep apnea, a dental appliance is easier and more comfortable to wear. It is just as effective at treating your sleep apnea so that you can breathe easy throughout the night.
What happens during Sleep Apnea Treatment?
We will take impressions of your teeth and mouth. These detailed molds are then used to create a special device just for you. The device is worn similarly to a night guard, but it works by opening and lifting the upper airway. This ensures even, consistent breathing throughout the night. The device is easy to wear and can be cleaned every morning. In order for it to work properly, it needs to be worn each night before going to bed. You can have the device replaced if it begins to show signs of wear or damage.
If you have sleep apnea and want to begin treatment for the condition, call us now and we’ll be able to answer all of your questions.