Sleep apnea is more than just loud snoring. This common sleep disorder can be deadly, causing you to stop breathing repeatedly throughout the night.
Sleep apnea can cause a range of problems for sufferers. Interrupted sleep can result in inattentiveness and distraction, slow reaction times, and daytime sleepiness. Sufferers often do not know they have the condition, but will feel as though they have not had enough sleep no matter how early they went to bed. Moodiness, irritability, and memory problems can damage professional and personal relationships. It can even cause stroke, heart failure, high blood pressure, diabetes, and weight gain. And, since it causes you to stop breathing repeatedly, it can even cause death.
Treatment of sleep apnea has advanced over the past two decades. One of the best known treatment options is the use of a CPAP machine that holds the airway open to ensure that air can flow properly throughout the night. These machines are noisy and uncomfortable, and isolate the user from their partner at night. Over 80% of people who try a CPAP machine give up on it, putting their lives on the line for the sake of quiet and comfort. In some cases, a surgical solution can be explored. However, for most patients, removing enlarged tonsils is not enough to solve the problem.
Dr. Naysan offers a comfortable, affordable, and safe alternative treatment: customized oral appliances. With oral appliances, there is no noise, no mask, and no need for surgical intervention. Resembling a retainer, these appliances fit into the mouth to hold the airway open without noise or discomfort. An oral appliance can be fabricated specially to fit your mouth, tailored to your bite to ensure a perfect fit and customized relief of your condition. You can choose the color and style, and decide whether a model that pushes the jaw forward or holds to tongue in place is best for you.
Some of the most popular oral appliances include snore guards. These are FDA-listed mouthpieces that are suitable for treating sleep apnea and snoring overnight. These appliances are at their most effective for mild to moderate cases of snoring. While oral appliances can be found in a number of stores and online outlets, your doctor can inform you on which appliance is appropriate for your case.
If you or your loved one are kept up all night by incessant snoring, it could be a sign of sleep apnea. Make an appointment at Bedford Dental Group today for a consultation with one of our dentists today to learn if oral appliances are right for you.