Get a Good Night's Rest with Sleep Apnea Therapy
Do you snore so loud at night that it leaves your spouse and children grumpy in the morning? Do you regularly feel exhausted in the mornings, even if you went to bed right on time and seemingly got a full eight hours? These are common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a serious health problem that can wreak havoc on your wellbeing and general quality of life.
Many people don’t realize that some dentists are actually capable of treating this condition through the use of a customized oral appliance. If you’re a victim of mild to moderate sleep apnea, consider contacting Dolfield Dental in Owings Mills, MD today for a consultation.
What is Sleep Apnea?
There are multiple forms of sleep apnea, but the most common one (and the one that we are capable of treating) is called obstructive sleep apnea. It occurs when a patient’s airway becomes partially or fully blocked during sleep because of excess tissue. As a result, the brain is deprived of oxygen and must alert the patient to wake up so that they can clear the blockage and resume their breathing. These awakenings may only last a few seconds and not even be remembered in the morning, but they can occur dozens of times each night and result in deeply fractured sleep.
Common symptoms of OSA that you should be aware of include:
- Frequent daytime exhaustion/fatigue
- Loud, chronic snoring
- Lots of trips to the bathroom throughout the night
- Problems with memory and concentration
- Waking up with a very dry mouth and/or a sore throat
- Waking up with a headache
- Gasping, choking, or periods of complete silence during sleep (check with a bed partner)
How Does Oral Appliance Therapy Work?
Traditionally, OSA is treated with a CPAP machine, which forces air down the throat at a consistent pace throughout the night with the use of a facial mask and machine. However, while effective, this type of treatment also experiences a high level of intolerance among patients. People often choose to forgo treatment entirely instead of putting up with the CPAP’s loud noises and discomfort. Thankfully, a custom-made oral appliance can help.
Oral appliances are designed to be worn comfortably throughout the night, and they’ll reposition the jaw and/or tongue just enough to prevent airway collapse. This way, our patients can wake up feeling well-rested and ready for the day ahead!