If you're grappling with the challenges of sleep apnea, it's vital to explore all your options to secure restful nights and energetic days.
One potential avenue is the use of a dental device designed to reposition your jaw or tongue, thereby facilitating an open upper airway to mitigate the symptoms of sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing or incomplete breathing during sleep. It can affect both adults and children. Symptoms include daytime sleepiness, fatigue, impaired alertness, and vision problems. In some cases it can also lead to congestive heart failure, stroke, and carotid artery atherosclerosis.
In our office we are trained to perform an examination to determine if a patient suffers from sleep apnea. We can then educate the patient about this condition, explain different treatment options and also work closely with primary care physicians.
Treatment options vary depending on the severity of the condition. The most common method involves the use of a CPAP (Constant Positive Airway Pressure) machine and also OAT (Oral Appliance Therapy) which can be performed in our office.
Assessing whether sleep apnea treatment is the right course for you is a critical step towards reclaiming peaceful and restorative nights. It's important to recognize that sleep apnea doesn't just disrupt your sleep, but can also have far-reaching impacts on your overall health, including cardiovascular issues and diminished daily functioning due to fatigue.
In the context of dental devices, they might be a suitable option for individuals with mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) or those who cannot tolerate other forms of treatment like PAP therapy. However, it's worth noting that the effectiveness of these devices can be quite variable and might not be the ideal solution for everyone.
It is always recommended to have an open dialogue with your healthcare provider to tailor a treatment plan that suits your individual needs and preferences, ensuring that you embark on a path that not only alleviates your symptoms but also aligns with your comfort and lifestyle. Let's work together to find the approach that brings tranquility back to your nights and vitality to your days.
Consultation: Our dentist will discuss your symptoms and medical history to determine if you are a good candidate for a dental sleep apnea device.
Examination: A detailed examination of your mouth, jaw, and airways will be carried out. This can sometimes involve taking X-rays or impressions of your teeth.
Device Fabrication: Based on the examination, a custom dental device will be designed. These devices often aim to either reposition your lower jaw or restrain your tongue to prevent it from obstructing your airway while you sleep.
Fitting: Once the device is ready, you will have a fitting session where the dentist will adjust the device to ensure it is both effective and as comfortable as possible.
Regular follow-up appointments will be scheduled to closely monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your sleep apnea device, a key step in ensuring the successful management of your condition. This collaborative approach often involves a seamless partnership between your dentist and sleep specialist, working hand-in-hand to assess the effectiveness of your treatment and make any essential adjustments.
During the adaptation period, which is characterized by a phase of acclimatization to the device, open communication with your dentist is encouraged to address any discomfort or issues that you may encounter, facilitating necessary modifications for an improved experience. Moreover, to maintain its effectiveness and longevity, the device requires regular cleaning and maintenance, akin to any other dental appliance, solidifying it as a pivotal component in your journey to better sleep and overall well-being.
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