Obstructive sleep apnea is an ongoing condition that disrupts sleep.
Sleep apnea is a disorder in which a patient experiences one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths during sleep. The sleep disruption caused by sleep apnea can negatively impact your quality of sleep, leaving you tired and irritable.
Mild sleep apnea can often be treated with lifestyle changes such as losing weight, positional therapy or by wearing an appliance to help maintain an open airway while you sleep.
Could Sleep Apnea be disrupting your sleep?
Do you wake up gasping for air?
Do you wake up with a dry mouth?
Do you experience irritability?
Do you have frequent morning headaches?
Do you suffer from excessive sleepiness during the day?
Have you been told that you that you snore loudly?
Dental Sleep Apnea Solutions
- Oral Appliances are custom made devices designed to adjust the position of the lower jaw and tongue. These appliances help maintain an open, unobstructed airway when worn while sleeping. Please be sure to bring your oral appliance in to your appointments to make sure it is fitting properly.
- DNA appliances can be used to permanently expand your jaw or correct other orthodontic concerns that may be obstructing an open airway. Unlike traditional sleep appliances, DNA appliances offer a permanent solution for an obstructed airway.
- Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP, can also be an effective treatment option. A CPAP machine uses a mask that fits over your mouth and/or nose and gently blows air into your throat. This constant air pressure helps keep your airway open while you sleep.
- Surgery to treat Sleep Apnea usually involves the removal of excess tissue that might be restricting your airway. Surgery can also be used to strengthen the airway walls by adding small pieces of plastic. If you answered yes, you may be experiencing sleep apnea.