Snoring and sleep apnea can be a major deterrent in getting quality sleep and in your relationships. It can also cause serious health problems. At Willow Creek Family Dentistry, Dr. Eric Dunn is highly trained and experienced to treat your sleep apnea with oral appliances. This treatment is often more convenient and less invasive than traditional treatments. If you could benefit from receiving an oral appliance for sleep apnea in Oxford, Ohio, please contact us today at 513-523-7541 and schedule your consultation with our experienced dentist.
Obstructive sleep apnea is when you experience loud and frequent snoring due to the tongue and soft palate collapsing onto the back of the throat. This blocks the upper airway and can cause you to stop breathing for a few seconds or up to more than a minute. If left untreated, obstructed sleep apnea is potentially dangerous and life threatening, causing a host of health problems, including high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and impotence.
Studies show that at least 25 million adults in the United States suffer from sleep apnea. If you believe that you may be one of these people, watch for these common symptoms:
- Loud, frequent snoring
- Breathing pauses
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Memory problems
- Moodiness or irritability
- Decreased sex or impotence
- Morning headaches
- Acid reflux
If you experience any of these symptoms, our dentist, along with your physician, can help determine if you actually suffer from sleep apnea and provide effective treatment. Most physicians treat sleep apnea with a CPAP machine and mask. However, many patients are also able to be treated with an oral appliance. These custom-made, mouth guard-like devices are worn only while you are sleeping and help to maintain an open, unobstructed airway by supporting the jaw in a forward position. This silent, effective, and comfortable treatment is more likely to be preferred over traditional CPAP treatments. Because there are no restrictions with a breathing mask and tubes, you can snuggle with your partner or toss and turn all night long without any discomfort. Oral appliances for sleep apnea are also much easier to keep clean and are compact for traveling. This treatment is also covered my many insurance companies. If you have questions about our oral appliances for treating sleep apnea, we welcome you to call or visit our office and schedule an appointment to visit with our dentist.