Sleep apnea is an extremely serious condition that affects upwards of 18 million people in the United States. However, most estimates suggest that around 80 to 90% of the people who suffer from it never receive the care they need. They just tell themselves that they’re “a little tired” and that they can “power through it.”
Then there are the people who understand the condition and know they need help in order to sleep properly, but they also don’t think they’d be able to sleep with a CPAP machine every night. (This is an effective therapy, but involves breathing through a mask or nose piece, which can make some people uncomfortable.)
There is another way to treat your sleep apnea, though, and we can help.
Dental Appliance Therapy
Dental appliance therapy is a good alternative to CPAP machines. It uses a small plastic device, much like a sports mouth guard, to prevent the tongue and other soft tissues from falling back into the throat and blocking off the airway.
We will fit a custom-designed appliance so that it will keep your airways unobstructed during the night and feel far more comfortable than generic, over-the-counter models. We understand what these devices need to accomplish, and we can ensure they are doing an effective job so you can sleep soundly at night.
Why Choose a Dental Appliance?
This is becoming a popular option because the appliances are comfortable and easy to wear. They are small, which makes them easy to take on trips, and it usually only takes a couple weeks to get used to wearing them at night.
Who Is It For?
A qualified doctor must perform an overnight sleep study on you to properly determine if you do have obstructive sleep apnea or another condition that could mimic the symptoms. This doctor will recommend the most effective treatment for you, and if you qualify for this kind of alternative treatment, we’ll provide the custom, comfortable dental appliance.
Contact us today to learn more about this treatment and we’ll help you get a restful night’s sleep.