Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep Apnea Defined
People sometimes snore because allergies, a sinus infection, or the common cold make it hard to breathe. Consistent loud snoring that cannot be attributed to nasal congestion could be indicative of a more serious condition called sleep apnea.
During sleep, the muscles in the mouth, jaw, and throat naturally relax. For the millions of Americans who have obstructive sleep apnea, these muscles become so relaxed that they collapse, obstructing the airway. This causes decreased oxygen flow and repeated awakenings throughout the night, lowering sleep quality.
Besides the snoring and loss of sleep, the effects of sleep apnea have been linked to a number of health risks, including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and increased risk of stroke. Because of all this, it is important to recognize and address symptoms before the condition worsens.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
The most common and effective treatment option for sleep apnea is the use of a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. This machine, as illustrated above, requires the patient to wear a mask placed over the nose in order to deliver pressure to keep the airway open and prevent muscle collapse. Understandably, patient compliance is often reduced because it can be difficult to acclimate to sleeping with so much gear on the face.
At Paragon Dentistry, we make custom oral appliances to help patients who suffer from sleep apnea. These oral appliances are worn inside the mouth and help to reposition the lower jaw forward or stabilize the tongue in order to maintain an open airway. This treatment is not only non-invasive, but also effective, easily adaptable, and more comfortable.
Contact us to schedule a consultation. We want you to have more peaceful sleep and more peace of mind when you are awake.