How can my dentist help with sleep apnea?
If you or your partner snore excessively or wake up feeling fatigued and then drag through the rest of your day, you may have sleep apnea.
The first line of treatment for severe sleep apnea is a CPAP machine that helps keep the airway open while you sleep. But many patients don’t use the CPAP as prescribed because they find it bulky, noisy, and uncomfortable to wear.
However, sleep apnea treatment at our Phoenix dental office is a non-invasive approach that is appropriate for patients with mild sleep apnea or those who can’t tolerate the CPAP.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep-related breathing disorder. When you fall asleep, your tongue naturally falls back toward your throat. Sometimes this movement blocks your airway to the point that you can’t breathe freely.
Since you can’t breathe, your body is deprived of oxygen, and the result is a loud gasping snort as you finally catch a breath. For some patients, this can occur hundreds of times a night, with each episode lasting ten seconds or longer.
To provide relief, Dr. Chad Hines can create a customized device that is similar to a mouth guard but is designed to move your lower jaw slightly forward during sleep. This opens up your airway so you can breathe comfortably and get a good night’s sleep.
If you are looking for a solution for your sleep apnea, please call Dental Care at Moon Valley to arrange a convenient consultation.