If you snore and suffer from sleepless nights you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is caused by a blockage of the airway, resulting in the temporary stoppage of breath during sleep. This often happens with the jaw goes back and the tongue falls into the throat. This decrease in oxygen can have damaging effects on the brain and the cardiovascular system, and can also lead to frequent awakenings or arouses at night which result in the patient being very fatigued during the day.
Now there is a solution with sleep apnea dentistry. Your dentist can develop custom sleep appliances to help effectively treat sleep apnea. Sleep appliances place the jaw in a position to help maintain an open airway during sleep. Custom sleep devices are sleek and ergonomically designed with acrylic to allow for freedom of lateral and vertical movements along with creating more space for the tongue.
[media-credit id=1 align=”alignleft” width=”350″][/media-credit]Sleep apnea dentists are experts and specialists in creating oral appliances, and these appliances not only treat the sleep apnea and snoring, but they are specially-designed to be kind and sensitive to the needs of the jaw joint.
An at-home sleep study can help map out your sleep and determine the severity of your sleep apnea. Following those results the dentist then measures the airway using acoustic sound waves to determine the best jaw position. A record of this is taken along with a mold of the patient’s teeth.
When your dentist delivers the device, the bite is checked and the fit is check just to make sure the quality of the device is as it should be.
Sleep apnea has reached dramatic proportions the United States, and up to ninety percent of these patients are still un-diagnosed. One of the reasons why dentists have gotten involved in this field is that ninety percent of the obstruction occurs at the level behind the upper and lower jaws or at the soft palate and the tongue.
The typical patient we may think of as suffering from sleep apnea is a 55-year-old man on the couch, TV going and he’s sitting and sleeping on the couch snoring away, however, we don’t want to over stereotype, as people today of all ages, gender and physical condition can and do experience sleep apnea. We treat many male and female patients, who are younger and who are much older, which reinforces the fact that sleep apnea is wide spread and not confined to specific demographics.
Putting on your sleep apnea device is very easy and once in bed you will be able to fall asleep knowing that your sleep will be healthier and will not be interrupted and neither will your partner’s sleep. You should feel much more refreshed and energetic throughout your day with the knowledge you are getting healthier.