If you know that you are a snorer, and if you often feel tired during the day, you may have sleep apnea. You would not necessarily know that you have it. The main type of sleep apnea is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), caused by throat tissue blocking the airway.
An OSA sufferer wakes up many times during the night, probably hundreds of times, just long enough to unblock the airway and gasp for air. They then fall back to sleep, perhaps just for a few minutes, before the same thing happens again.
The result of this is fatigue during the day, with the effects you might expect from that – forgetfulness, inattention, headaches, perhaps depression. When sleep apnea is left untreated for long enough, there are serious health consequences:
- Increased risk of stroke and heart disease
- Weight gain and increased risk of diabetes
- High blood pressure
We offer a variety of oral appliances for effective treatment of OSA. Your oral appliance would be customized to fit your mouth and bite comfortably, and you would wear it each night.
Some oral appliances work by holding the lower jaw slightly forward and others work by holding the tongue slightly forward. Both are effective, and we would work with you to choose the best option for your particular dental conditions.
These dental appliances do not work the way CPAP works (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure). If you have been given CPAP as a sleep apnea treatment in the past, you know that it involves a face mask connected to an air pump at the bedside. Most people find it too noisy and uncomfortable to use and they abandon it. If you are one of those people, and are now untreated for your sleep apnea, please do not delay in contacting us.
Chronic sleep apnea can have very undesirable effects on your general health – and yet it can be comfortably and effectively treated by a qualified dentist. Please contact our sleep apnea dentists today for your complimentary consultation.