Our team here at Detailed Dental Care are more than happy to help you overcome sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a problem that causes people to have sleepless nights. It is caused as a result of the airways becoming blocked at night when the patient is asleep. This causes them to wake up suddenly because they are no longer able to breathe properly. This symptom only usually occurs for a few seconds or so and is not necessarily dangerous. Regardless, it can still mean that the patient cannot get enough sleep as they keep on waking.
Causes of Sleep Apnea
The blocking of the airways generally occurs when we sleep because our muscles relax. This relaxation causes tissues to ‘cave in’ towards the back of the throat, causing it to become blocked. The situation is instantly rectified as soon as the patient wakes up. This phenomenon does not always cause a complete blockage, meaning that the patient can still breathe, but it may cause loud snoring instead. Regardless of how it is affecting you, our experts will know just how to help.
Sleep apnea is most common in people that are over the age of 40. It is also most common in people that are overweight because the excess tissues in their throat area contribute to the blocking. There are other causes such as the shape of the mouth, tongue, and throat. Allergies can also be a cause of sleep apnea.
How to Treat Sleep Apnea
Come and visit us and we will likely have just the solution. Perhaps the most common and most popular solution is a type of mouthguard that is known as an oral appliance. This device will help to prevent your lower jaw from slipping back at night when you relax. Keeping your jaw forward in this way will help to prevent the blockages that cause sleep apnea and snoring.
This appliance will need to be worn when you are sleeping. With this in mind, it will need to be as comfortable as possible. Our team will have an appliance made just for you for maximum comfort. We will need to take an impression of your mouth so that we get the exact dimensions. This information is then used to make an appliance that fits you perfectly.
In some cases, we might recommend continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. This means wearing a mask at night that keeps the airways open by maintaining a high enough air pressure. These masks may not be as comfortable as oral appliance therapy, but we might feel they are necessary in certain cases. Our experts will always take you through the options available to you and explain everything in as much detail as you like.
If you would like to have more information on sleep apnea and how to treat it, please contact us at Detailed Dental Care at (516) 875-6774 today! Our team is friendly and always happy to answer any questions that you may have. We look forward to hearing from you so we can be of assistance to you.