An Appliance to Sleep Better
While the condition doesn’t always directly affect your dental health, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) typically involves the formation and/or behavior of certain oral tissues. For example, sleep apnea means to repeatedly stop breathing in your sleep, and is often caused by mouth and/or throat tissues obstructing the airway. 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. However, at our office, we can often provide a more comfortable solution by custom designing a sleep apnea appliance.
What sleep apnea can mean
Because sleep apnea is caused by an obstruction in your airway, it can significantly disrupt your sleep breathing cycle. The tissues can cause you to snore in an increasingly louder manner, as they obstruct more of your airway, which forces you to work harder for oxygen. Eventually, the obstruction becomes complete and forces you to stop breathing altogether for several moments. Your body will wake enough to clear your airway, but this prevents you from entering deep levels of sleep. The cycle can repeat itself hundreds of times a night, and the longer it’s left untreated, the bigger impact it can have on your quality of life.
Signs of sleep apnea
Interrupting your sleep breathing patterns makes it impossible for your brain and body to rest properly. As sleep apnea continues, it 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 helps alleviate the obstruction that causes you to stop breathing in more comfortable and convenient way than a CPAP machine. By supporting your lower jaw as you sleep, the appliance helps keep your airway open, preventing oral tissues from blocking it. Whether you’re newly diagnosed with sleep apnea or have relied on a CPAP machine for a while, speak with us about a more comfortable alternative during your next visit.
Sleep better and more comfortably
Having sleep apnea can mean several things for your health and wellbeing, but with a custom-designed 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.