Did you know that it’s possible to get help for your sleep apnea symptoms from your dentist? That’s because dentists not only treat diseases of the teeth, but they are also provide therapy of the jaw, oral cavity, and areas around them in the head and neck. This includes handling the symptoms and complications associated with sleep disordered breathing or sleep apnea.
Many problems from sleep apnea are due to the positioning of the jaw and the collapsing of oral tissues. This prevents a flow of oxygen through the patient’s airway, causing them to snore or wake frequently due to airway blockage. Dental sleep apnea treatment includes repositioning the jaw in a way that keeps the soft tissues from coming together, making it possible to increase oxygen flow and have a more restful night’s sleep.
Removable oral guides can help your jaw stay in an optimal position when you rest. This appliance is made by your dentist to provide a custom fit that will stay securely in place while you sleep. The appliance causes your jaws to stay in a specific position so that the soft tissues in the back of your throat will not come into contact with each other. As a result, you can avoid snoring or sleep disordered breathing that bothers you and your loved one. This type of appliance is also less invasive, allowing you to position yourself comfortably in bed without worrying about masks or hoses to deal with through the night.
In some cases, dentists have been able to help their patients so much, that the patient was able to discontinue using their CPAP machine! Ask your dentist about an oral device to help eliminate your symptoms of sleeping disorders.
Posted on behalf of Linda King DDS
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