Just as eating and drinking water are vitally important to our health and well-being, so too is sleep. You may hear a coworker in the break room making jokes about a bad night’s sleep while pouring another mug of coffee, or see funny cartoons talking about the plight of another sleepless night, but sleep disorders are no laughing matter. The CDC has even recognized interrupted or poor sleep as a public health epidemic.
Many sleep problems are due to sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), a generalized term for breathing problems that occur while asleep. SDB can be anything from loud snoring to obstructive sleep apnea, a sleep disorder in which the airways become partially or completed obstructed during sleep. This obstruction can cause the patient to stop breathing several times throughout the night, which results in grogginess upon waking and excessive daytime exhaustion.
Even mild sleep-disordered breathing can affect your quality of sleep and could cause an increase in everything from health problems such as heart disease to workplace injuries. If you’ve already been diagnosed with sleep apnea, or your doctor has told you that you suffer from sleep-disordered breathing, then you may be treated with CPAP breathing equipment.
CPAP treatment isn’t right for everyone, however. If you find that your treatment is falling flat, our team of dental experts may have the solution. While working alongside sleep doctors, we can determine whether you could benefit from oral appliance therapy to treat snoring or obstructive sleep apnea. Our goal is to give you a better night’s rest.
Oral appliance therapy comes in two forms: tongue retaining appliances and mandibular repositioning appliances. Tongue retaining appliances hold the tongue in a forward position, which prevents the tongue from collapsing and obstructing the airway, while mandibular repositioning appliances hold the lower jaw in a forward position, which works to keep the airways open by also pulling the tongue forward. Oral appliance are easy to wear, more discreet, custom-made to fit your mouth, comfortable and easily portable, which makes this treatment more ideal for those who aren’t finding the relief they need with CPAP equipment.
If you want uninterrupted sleep and your CPAP therapy isn’t working out, then it’s time to talk to us about how oral appliance therapy could help you.
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