WHAT IS OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a disorder which affects a patient’s ability to maintain deep sleep. While sleeping, the airways remain open so that the body may continue to receive oxygen. For individuals with OSA, the airway frequently collapses and disrupts how the body gets air, forcing patients awake many times during the night and preventing a good night’s sleep.
A meaningful rest, is a vital component of everyday life. It is the key to maintaining a healthy appearance, suitable energy levels for the day, and also good well being. Obstructive sleep apnea, if left untreated, can lead to more serious health concerns, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and chronic acid reflux.
THE BENEFITS OF DENTAL SLEEP APNEA TREATMENT
Don’t let snoring disrupt your ability to live life comfortably. Seeing a sleep specialist when you exhibit the first symptoms of this disorder can help you get the rest you deserve. Your care provider can refer you to our office for dental sleep apnea treatment.
Dental sleep medicine involves the implementation of oral appliance therapy. It is a less obtrusive alternative to the commonly prescribed CPAP method. While the CPAP method requires the use of a face mask and supporting equipment, oral appliance sleep therapy uses a custom-fit mouth guard. This device is worn during sleep, where it moves the jaw in a forward position, keeping the airway open and unrestricted. As a result, you are able to get a better night’s rest without needing to use or maintain bulkier equipment.