About Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a significant health concern for many people and is characterized by repetitive bouts of breathing cessation during sleep. The common condition is caused by the muscles relaxing in the back of the throat and collapsing into the airway. The brief suffocation that happens produces excessive strain on the body, which may result in cardiovascular conditions, such as hypertension, memory loss, mood change, weight gain, and fatigue. There are many sleep or snoring apnea solutions that may be recommended, varying from airway surgeries, such as an adenoidectomy, maxillofacial surgery, tonsillectomy, or a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device. In mild to moderate sleep apnea cases, however, many patients turn to oral appliance therapy to help alleviate the issue.
At Gibson Dental Care in Lancaster, PA, we focus on creating customized sleep apnea devices to offer relief to our sleep apnea patients. If you or a family member are missing out on a good night's sleep, possibly from obstructive sleep apnea, schedule a consultation with our team to learn how you might attain better health and wellness with oral appliance therapy.
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Do You Have Sleep Apnea?
You may be suffering from sleep apnea if you snore, wake frequently throughout the night, have headaches or dry mouth in the morning, or feel fatigued or unrested throughout the day. Women and men who suffer from severe sleep apnea may not be ideal candidates for a dental-based remedy. In these instances, a CPAP machine could be among the most ideal options. However, if you have a mild to moderate sleep apnea issue, oral appliance therapy might be an effective solution for your needs. Interrupted breathing from sleep apnea prevents adequate oxygen from reaching your brain and other organs and can increase your risk of numerous health concerns, including high blood pressure, heart problems, and stroke.
The Treatment Process
Oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea treatment involves a custom device worn in your mouth at night. It is often compared to a mouth guard for athletics or a night guard for bruxism. The most important difference is that it gently pulls the lower jaw into a forward position to help maintain an open airway while you sleep. There is an array of unique models available so our team will work with you to ensure you receive the most suitable option for your needs. Once we perform an assessment of your teeth, jaw, tongue, and airway, we can recommend an appliance and take impressions of your teeth to begin the oral appliance therapy process.
Receiving Your Appliance
Oral appliances for sleep apnea are made in a special dental lab of comfortable, high-quality materials. When your appliance arrives back at our office, we will have you return for a fitting and to receive instructions for use. We may adjust your appliance as necessary to ensure it is as comfortable as possible and to show you the proper way to clean, store, and maintain it. Please be sure to bring your sleep apnea device to check-up visits so that we can monitor your appliance for wear and tear. When worn as recommended, your oral appliance can improve your quality of life in many ways.
Get a Good Night's Sleep
Protect your health and wellness from the effects of obstructive sleep apnea. If you snore, wake up feeling groggy, or have headaches in the morning, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. To learn if oral appliance therapy with a sleep apnea device is right for you, schedule a consultation today at Gibson Dental Care in Lancaster, PA.