Sleep apnea is a serious sleeping disorder that can cause disruption to one’s sleep. If untreated, it can also produce overall health issues. Thankfully, a dentist can help! Sleep apnea treatment options include the use of oral appliances and other breathing machines.
Having dental treatment for sleep apnea may seem strange, but dentists are actually trained in this field. They may also work with a sleep specialist in order to better treat sleep apnea. If you are suffering from this sleeping disorder, then you may find this article to be helpful. Read on to find out more!
Dental treatment for sleep apnea
While treating sleep apnea through dentistry may seem uncommon, it is actually done quite frequently. A dentist is also likely to work with a sleep specialist to come up with the best course of treatment.
Oral appliance therapy
Mandibular advancement devices are typically the most common form of dental treatment that dentists will use to treat someone who is suffering from sleep apnea. These devices, also referred to as MADs, are similar in shape and size to the mouthguards that are used for sports.
The intention of using MADs for sleep apnea is that they will hold the mouth in a certain position while a person sleeps. The mouthguard will keep the mouth positioned in such a way that the airway can remain open throughout the night.
MADs are custom-created for each person and are to be worn during the night when sleeping. Because they are simply an oral appliance, they are relatively easy to use.
A continuous positive airway pressure machine, also referred to as a CPAP machine, is used for treating sleep apnea. It is typically administered by a dentist or sleep specialist. CPAP machines consist of three main parts: a mask that goes over the nose and/or mouth, the breathing machine and a cannula, which is a tube that connects the mask to the machine.
When someone suffers from sleep apnea, the dentist may recommend that a CPAP machine be worn while sleeping. The mask will go right over a person’s face, and the machine will run throughout the night.
The CPAP machine will force positive air into the airway, which will prevent it from completely collapsing. Some find it difficult to sleep with the CPAP mask on, but the results tend to be worth it.
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Sleep apnea can cause serious disruptions to one’s night, but there are many different ways to treat it. A dentist can evaluate your situation, as well as work with a sleep specialist, in order to help bring you relief throughout the night.
If you have any questions about sleep apnea treatment, then reach out to our office so we can help you. Our trained professionals would be happy to go over any treatment options with you. Give us a call or stop by today!
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