Sleep apnea and snoring can disrupt your sleep, causing symptoms like tiredness and irritability. CPAP breathing machines have been used for years as a common treatment for sleep apnea.
However, a CPAP is inconvenient and uncomfortable to wear during sleep. CPAP machines are so problematic that only about 25-50% of people who purchase a CPAP actually use it for longer than one year.
What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of sleep apnea and happens when the airway is blocked. During sleep, the muscles of the throat or tongue can relax too much and collapse, closing off the airway. Possible Signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea include:
- Loud Snoring.
- Exhaustion or Fatigue During the Day.
- Waking up Suddenly With a Choking Feeling.
- Dry Mouth.
- TMJ Issues.
- Sore Throat.
- Headaches in the Morning.
- Memory Loss.
- Frequent Trips to the Bathroom.
- Difficulty Keeping Focus.
- Chipping/Breaking of Teeth.
If you think you might have sleep apnea, visit our Snoring and Sleep Apnea page for more information.
How Do Sleep Apnea Devices Help to Stop Snoring and Treat Sleep Apnea?
When you come in for a sleep apnea consultation, we start with an exam and digital images of your teeth. Dr. Skinner can then show you the different treatments available and which one can help you.
A sleep appliance, also known as a mandibular advancement appliance, looks similar to a mouthguard or an orthodontic retainer. Our dental appliances, however, are custom made to fit your mouth.
The sleep guard is designed to shift your jaw forward until the back of your throat stays open, allowing more air through as you sleep. Custom sleep appliances are more about preventing your jaw from falling back into your airway than they are about holding your jaw forward.
The benefits and advantages of a sleep appliance include:
- Decreasing Snoring.
- Increases in Sleep Quality.
- Comfortable to Wear at Night.
- Custom Designed and Fit for You.
- Simple Treatment for Sleep Apnea and Snoring.
If you want to sleep through the night again without the hassle of a noisy, expensive, clunky machine, consider a sleep appliance instead—especially if you like to travel.
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