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A Dental Approach to Sleep Apnea

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Sleep disorders like sleep apnea, snoring, or sleep disordered breathing can make it very difficult on you and your loved one to ever get a solid night’s rest. As a result, your daytime activities and physique are also affected. Problems getting a good night’s sleep can affect your blood pressure, blood sugar, migraines, and many other physical factors. Thankfully, patients that typically turn to invasive treatments like CPAP machines are now finding that their dentist can offer an alternative, minimally invasive treatment instead.

Oral sleep apnea devices can help eliminate the need for using CPAP machines, even in people with severe sleep apnea. As a result, you have more freedom to move around; less invasive equipment, and can sleep in a more comfortable environment. From the very first use, an oral sleep apnea appliance can significantly impact your quality of life, and ability to sleep.

So how does an oral sleep appliance work? Your sleep therapy dentist will create an appliance that helps position your teeth, jaws, tongue, and oral tissues in a way that prevents air blockage and accommodates natural airflow. You see, typically people with sleep disorders will have a collapse of the soft tissues in the back of the throat, blocking airflow and causing them to wake up due to a lack of oxygen. Moving the jaw forward and positioning the tongue in a way that prevents it and the soft palate from blocking the esophagus, airflow is blocked to begin with. This allows the patient to fall asleep and continue sleeping without constantly waking due to suffocation.

If you or your loved one suffers from sleeping disorders, ask your dentist about an oral sleep appliance today!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Lawrence Rosenman, Springfield Lorton Dental Group


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