How Dentistry Can Help With Sleep Apnea

Does your sleeping partner complain that you snore? Do you wake up feeling exhausted? Do you have trouble staying alert during the day? These are all symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea – a condition that causes interrupted breathing during sleep. Sleep apnea is more than a simple annoyance to those around you, though; it can be detrimental to other aspects of your health. If you are worried that your sleep patterns may pose a problem, then let Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville help you with a solution.

The Problem With Sleep Apnea

If obstructive sleep apnea simply annoys our sleeping partners, then who cares? It doesn’t affect us, right? Wrong. Obstructive sleep apnea is closely linked with other health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Left untreated, sleep apnea could potentially be fatal. The good news is that there are treatment options.

Sleep Apnea Treatments

Once you are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, your next major task is to decide which treatment will work best for you. The most common treatment is a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. The CPAP consists of a mask and hose that connect to a machine and prevent your airway from collapsing and interrupting your sleep. CPAP is an effective treatment, but some people struggle with being tethered to a machine and report mouth and throat dryness and irritation.

At Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville, we have another solution that won’t limit your nighttime movement or dry you out: a dental appliance. Our dental appliances are custom-made, so they’re comfortable. They are only worn at night, allowing for minimal disruption to your lifestyle. They work by moving your lower jaw and tongue forward, allowing you to breathe freely and get a good night’s sleep.

If you or your loved ones are fed up with your sleep problems, then consider being assessed for obstructive sleep apnea. Once you are diagnosed, we can provide a safe and comfortable treatment that will allow you to sleep without disruption and get the rest you deserve. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.

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