Sleep Apnea is a condition where breathing is interrupted while you sleep due to an obstructed airway, usually by the soft tissue in the back of your throat. Your body will respond by waking you up to move which will disturb normal sleep patterns and cause you a lack of rest leaving you tired and worn out in the morning.
Sleep Apnea can become a serious, chronic problem. If left untreated it can contribute to numerous health problems, including:
• High blood pressure
• Heart disease and stroke
• Driving or work-related accidents
• Memory loss
• Extreme fatigue
• Decreased sex drive
• Impaired concentration
There are several different treatment options for sleep apnea. The most well-known is the CPAP machine. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP, is a safe, effective treatment which uses constant, mild air pressure delivered through a mask that is worn during sleep. This constant air flow keeps the airway open, which prevents apnea from occurring.
If you do not have access to a CPAP machine or do not want to use one, there are dental alternatives that are effective. A specially-made oral appliance fitted to your mouth can help to properly position the jaw so that your airways stay open all night. The appliance, similar to an athletic bite guard, helps stabilize the lower jaw and tongue and reposition them to make room for the air you need to breathe easy and sleep better. Village Dental can get you fitted for an oral appliance, train you in proper use and care, and follow up with you to make sure everything is working as it should be. An oral appliance is as effective as CPAP when treating mild or moderate sleep apnea. Contact the office today to find out about more treatment options for sleep apnea.
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