Sleep Apnea/Oral Appliances
Have you been told recently that you have sleep apnea? You’re not the only one. Researchers estimate that as many as 22 million people have sleep apnea - and between 60 and 80% of them are undiagnosed. Sleep apnea is a frustrating condition. You may wake up exhausted. You may have tried lots of different ways to conquer your sleep apnea problems. You may sleep in a different position or use a different pillow. So far, nothing you have tried has worked.
Your doctor diagnosed you with sleep apnea and suggested you get some help. Where should you turn? There are several different treatments to consider, but some of those treatments don’t sound appealing at all. Did you know there is a simpler solution for sleep apnea, other than masks and surgery?
You can get treatment for your sleep apnea through an oral appliance. If you wear an oral appliance, you will be able to sleep more restfully. Let Queen Anne Family Dental give you information about the benefits of wearing an oral appliance at night for treating sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is one of the best-known sleep disorders. Doctors believe that the condition is probably caused by too much tissue in your throat. This tissue can block your breathing, especially during sleep, several times every night. Your body thinks you are in danger and will wake you up constantly, which means you are not getting enough sleep. Your body doesn’t ever really get to rest. You are at risk for a lot of problems, such as heart disease and diabetes. You may also have a lot of headaches, gain weight, and have memory loss. Sleep apnea can even be fatal.
Treatment for Sleep Apnea
If you do have sleep apnea, you don’t have to suffer. There are treatment options available for you. You may want to think about wearing a mask at night to help you sleep better, but you need to know that not everyone tolerates the mask well, because it’s bulky and uncomfortable. There are also surgical procedures you can have. They will get rid of the excess tissue in your throat, which will also help you sleep better. However, many people don’t want to have surgery because they don’t like anesthesia.
We have a solution. Have you thought about using an oral appliance to help you with your sleep apnea? The oral appliance works like a mouthguard for bruxism and TMJ. It fits over your teeth and pulls your jaw forward, which helps you breathe easily. We can make an oral appliance for you in our office with no trouble at all. Like Invisalign clear aligners, we can create a custom mouthpiece for you to wear every night to rest more easily. You should begin to see results right away. Are you having trouble sleeping? Has your doctor told you that you may have a problem with sleep apnea?
Give Queen Anne Family Dental a call at (206) 424-4450. We would love to talk to you about how we can help you with sleep apnea problems by using an oral appliance. Give us a call today.