The most common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea is chronic and loud snoring. The obstructed airway causes snoring followed by gasping or choking. However, not all individuals with obstructive sleep apnea snore. Individuals may also experience:
If you experience most of these symptoms, consult with our specialists about a screening for sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder and fortunately, there are several treatment options available, including treatment in a dental office. A proper evaluation of the mouth performed by a dentist can conclude whether or not the patient suffers from sleep apnea. The most common sign of obstructive sleep apnea is teeth grinding. Other common visible signs include a small jaw, redness in the throat (caused by chronic snoring), or a tongue with scalloped edges.
If signs of obstructive sleep apnea are present, a sleep study is recommended by a dentist to finalize the diagnosis. Normally, obstructive sleep apnea is treated with a CPAP device. The CPAP device involves utilizing a breathing face mask during sleep that is attached to a machine that distributes pressurized air through the airway, keeping it open.
A more modern innovative treatment method is the oral appliance therapy. This method helps alleviate the stress on the throat and allow you to breathe freely. An oral appliance is worn in the mouth and is designed to hold the lower jaw forward. The device helps keep the muscles in the throat and tongue from blocking the upper airway. While the CPAP device is very effective, the oral appliance offers several advantages:
Rather than having to worry about the tubes and wires that come along with the CPAP device, you just simply place the oral appliance into your mouth and you are set.
You can enjoy a restful nights sleep without the hassle of the wires and noise of the CPAP device. Each oral appliance is also custom-fit for every patients’ mouth.
The fact that the oral appliance is portable and easy to carry makes it very convenient, especially for traveling.