Sleep Apnea is a condition in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. If you snore loudly and feel tired even after a full night's sleep, you might have sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that affects your breathing while you’re sleeping. People with sleep apnea essentially stop breathing for brief periods throughout the night, which causes them to wake up, readjust and fall back to sleep before the cycle starts again. The disorder can leave a person feeling exhausted, weak and depressed. In the past, one of the only treatment options for sleep apnea was to wear a large CPAP machine at night. However, technological advances have been made to offer other treatments that work effectively.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes a person’s breathing to stop temporarily while they’re in bed. Sleep apnea can develop as a result of a person’s weight, age and lifestyle choices. For example, smokers are apt to develop sleep apnea because of the damage the smoke does to their throats.
What Appliances are Available for Sleep Apnea?
There are several different dental appliances that can be utilized to help alleviate your sleep apnea. For example, a mouthpiece that is worn similarly to a mouth or night guard can help to keep the airway open so that you do not stop breathing throughout the night. These appliances are easy to wear and highly effective. There are certain things that our doctors look for when it comes to being fitted for these appliances:
- The severity of your sleep apnea
- The cause behind your sleep apnea
- Whether or not the appliance will correct the issue
If you suffer from sleep apnea and are looking for treatment options, contact us today!