Treatment for Snoring & Sleep Apnea in Phoenix, AZ
Excessive snoring is often dismissed as just an annoyance. But it’s not only a problem that keeps your partner awake at night – it can be a sign of a serious condition known as obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA.
While this is actually a medical problem, most people are unaware that a simple solution may be available from their dentist. At Dental Care at Moon Valley, we can consult with your physician and create a customized device to stop snoring and minimize the symptoms of sleep apnea.
The Dangers of Sleep Apnea
Snoring occurs when your tongue relaxes and falls backward during sleep, fully or partially blocking the airway. As your body is deprived of oxygen, it struggles to obtain air, causing the vibration that we call snoring.
According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, these episodes can occur hundreds of times during the night and last a minute or longer. This leads to exhaustion and irritability during the day because your sleep is constantly interrupted as you struggle to catch your breath. This condition is one of the signs that you may be suffering from sleep apnea.
Without treatment, sleep apnea can have serious consequences: high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and other ailments.
Oral Appliances to Treat Sleep Apnea
The first step in treating sleep apnea is to consult your physician. He or she may choose to conduct a sleep study to clearly identify the severity of your symptoms and determine appropriate treatment. In more serious cases, it may be necessary for you to wear a CPAP mask to keep your airway open while you sleep.
Many people with less severe symptoms see excellent results with the use of a simple oral appliance. At Dental Care at Moon Valley, we customize a device similar to a mouth guard that’s worn while you sleep.
These devices are designed to position the lower jaw forward enough to keep the airway open, preventing your tongue and muscles in the back of your throat from collapsing and blocking the airway. Our customized sleep apnea devices are also recommended for people with severe sleep apnea who can’t tolerate wearing the CPAP mask.
Adjusting to Oral Appliance Therapy
Since we can customize the sleep apnea appliance for your specific needs, we’ll work with you to maintain proper jaw positioning by continuously monitoring your progress. For the best results, it’s important to maintain the prescribed schedule for follow-up visits after you receive your appliance. We need to ensure the device is working properly and that you see an improvement in your symptoms.
It usually takes only a few days to adjust to wearing the oral appliance at night while you sleep. We’ll review all the details with you and instruct you about the best way to maintain your oral appliance at home.
Please Contact Us for a Consultation
If excessive snoring is keeping you and your partner awake at night, please call our Phoenix dental office to arrange a consultation. We’ll get you the relief you need so you can finally get a good night’s sleep!