AN APPLIANCE TO CORRECT A SERIOUS SLEEP PROBLEM
If you frequently snore during the night, and struggle to feel well-rested during the day, you could be experiencing the effects of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). As time passes, sleep apnea can interfere with your mood, make it harder to manage existing health problems, and increase your risk for hypertension and heart disease!
After being diagnosed with OSA, many patients are prescribed a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, which provides a steady but gentle stream of air to maintain an open airway. The CPAP machine may be effective, but many find it uncomfortable – at our practice, we can use a more comfortable oral appliance to help you put a stop to your sleep apnea troubles!
WHAT SLEEP APNEA CAN MEAN
Because sleep apnea is caused by an obstruction in your airway, it can significantly disrupt your sleep breathing cycle. This interference can cause you to snore loudly, and it can eventually put a total stop to your breathing for several moments. Your body will wake enough to clear your airway, but this prevents you from entering deep levels of sleep, which is vital to your ability to rest properly. The cycle can repeat itself hundreds of times a night, and as it continues to go untreated, you can experience steadily worsening effects of sleep deprivation.
SIGNS OF SLEEP APNEA
People who suffer from sleep apnea can experience serious health concerns due to their inability to complete their sleep cycles. This condition can lead to noticeable signs and symptoms of sleep deprivation, including:
- Daytime fatigue
- Headaches and migraines
- Trouble concentrating
- Difficulty with memory
- Unusually high irritability
- Mood swings; depression
- And more
HOW A CUSTOM SLEEP APPLIANCE WORKS
A custom-made sleep appliance can be a comfortable alternative to a CPAP machine. Rather than asking you to wear a mask connected to a machine by your bed, we provide patients with an oral appliance that is made specifically for them. This custom appliance supports your lower jaw as you sleep, which keeps your breathing passages clear. We use the advanced Cirona 3D diagnostic and digital imaging system to ensure optimal accuracy, precision, and comfort when designing your sleep apnea appliance. Cirona 3D utilizes multiple digital X-rays to capture a 3D model of your teeth, jaw, and oral structures, which is then used to craft your personalized appliance. By taking care to capture highly realized images, we can make sure your appliance stays comfortable and secure while you sleep!
SLEEP BETTER AND MORE COMFORTABLY
Having sleep apnea can become a significant problem for your daily life, and your overall health! Our patients in and around the Kansas City area can be happy to learn that with a custom-designed oral appliance, you can comfortably and effectively treat your condition. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call Delightful Dental Care in Kansas City, MO, at 816-942-7669. We proudly serve patients and families who live in South Kansas City, Leawood, Overland Park, Johnson County, and all nearby communities.