Friday, May 25, 2018

Sleep Apnea Appliances: Options are Available

Are you interested in learning more about sleep apnea appliances?  There are a number of different sleep apnea appliances on the market. Many dentists can help patients get the right sleep apnea appliance for their situation. These appliances can be very helpful with snoring — saving your partner in a big way and they can reduce or even eliminate your sleep apnea episodes — giving you a more restful sleep and helping you lower the risk factors of complications associated with obstructive sleep apnea.

Is Your Sleep Apnea Driving Your Spouse Crazy?

Many people don’t realize they have a problem with sleep apnea on their own. In most cases, their partner urges them to get help otherwise threatens to move into a separate bedroom.  A person with sleep apnea may startle their partner several times a night as they appear to be gasping for air. Snoring is usually quite loud.

Some people opt to use a sleep apnea machine called a CPAP machine on the advice of their family doctor. This involves a mask and tubes attached to a machine. It delivers a steady flow of steam and keeps airways open.

Sleep apnea sufferers with mild to moderate severity can also opt to inquire about available oral appliances that can help, too. These fit in the mouth and aren’t attached to any sort of tubes or machine.  By positioning the jaw and tongue in a specific way, the sleeper doesn’t have airway obstruction.  There are fixed and adjustable sleep apnea appliances available from various dentists in your local area.

A short time after being fitted for or purchasing a sleep apnea oral appliance your physician may ask to do a sleep study to determine whether or not it is effective.  Periodic appointments with your dentist can also ensure that your appliance isn’t negatively impacting your tooth alignment or jaw position.

Many people don’t realize just how disruptive their sleep apnea is to their own sleeping habits until they start to work on a solution and find that they feel better rested in the morning.  Sleep apnea does carry some health risks so it is worth talking to your physician about.

Is Your CPAP Collecting Dust?

Are you looking for a CPAP alternative? Many people who have CPAP machines don’t wear them and use them as they should. If this is the case for you because you find it extremely restrictive an oral appliance may be an effective solution for you. Talk to your doctor or family dentist to get some advice on this issue.

Read more about sleep apnea here on the ACE Dental Education Blog



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