Sleep Apnea Treatment
Emerging research has shown that sleep habits have a tremendous effect on our overall health and well-being. For many people, however, a good night’s rest can be elusive due to heavy snoring or obstructive sleep apnea. This occurs when the tongue and other tissues surrounding the airway block (or obstruct) the flow of oxygen to the body; resulting in significant stress on the brain, heart, and other organs.
Today, dentists are on the forefront of helping patients get a good night’s rest. Oral devices for the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea can improve the lives (and marriages) of people struggling to wake up rested and refreshed.
You may be a candidate for an oral device to treat obstructive sleep apnea or snoring if you fall into one of these groups:
- People who have had a sleep study and have been officially diagnosed with mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
- People who have sleep apnea and use a CPAP machine but are unhappy with it or looking for an alternative.
- People who snore heavily.
- People who are at high risk of having obstructive sleep apnea, which includes males over the age of 50, or people who are overweight or being treated for high blood pressure.
Sleep Apnea is a dangerous condition, and has been linked other potentially life-threatening diseases. Many people may not even be aware they have it, but can eventually experience very negative consequences:
- High blood pressure and immense stress on the heart.
- Daytime sleepiness and decreased productivity.
- Marital difficulties or depression.
- Hormonal imbalances contributing to diabetes and other diseases.
Proper screening and diagnosis of sleep apnea is paramount in improving the lives of those who have it. Screening may consist of doing a home sleep test or going to a ‘sleep lab’ to be monitored for obstructive sleep apnea or other sleep disorders.
After the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea has been made by a certified sleep doctor, treatment can begin. Historically this has consisted of a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, which blows air through a mask and tubing into the patient’s airway.
While effective, a CPAP machine is often considered to be cumbersome and uncomfortable. This often leads to patient frustration and decreased compliance.
Thankfully, a newer, smaller, and more convenient dental device now exists for those patients with obstructive sleep apnea.
Dental devices for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea have become wildly popular in recent years due to their small size, convenience, and portability. They allow patients to receive needed treatment without the hassles and headaches of traditional CPAP machines. They are also often covered by medical insurance!
Sleep Apnea Treatment at Carver Dental
If you suffer from chronic snoring or fatigue, or if you have been previously diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and are looking for a CPAP alternative; please contact Dr. Adam Holder and the highly skilled team at Carver Dental. We look forward to helping you!