Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea
Getting plenty of restful sleep is the key to feeling good the next day. But, if you are one of the millions of Americans dealing with obstructive sleep apnea, you may wake up feeling more tired than before you went to sleep. This is a common type of sleep breathing disorder that causes its sufferers to snore and wake up hundreds of times throughout the night. Fortunately, there is relief in sight with sleep apnea therapy from Dr. James P. Kostas.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which occurs when the soft and hard oral tissues collapse and block the proper flow of air from the lungs through the throat at night. The blockage can be either complete or partial, and it also results in loud, chronic snoring that can disrupt the sleep of others nearby. People who are dealing with OSA may have their sleep interrupted hundreds of times in one evening, with the main problem being that they often will not remember the night of restless sleep the next morning.
Learning what the warning signs of sleep apnea are can help to ensure that you recognize the problem sooner rather than later.
- Loud, disruptive snoring
- Jerking awake repeatedly throughout the night
- Dry mouth or sore throat upon waking
- Confusion and irritability
- Difficulty completing daytime tasks
- Nighttime teeth grinding or jaw clenching
- Anxiety or depression
How Common Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is not at all unusual these days. In fact, its prevalence is on the rise along with the rising rates of obesity and overweight, which are the main risk factor for this disease. It is estimated that 18 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, with many of these cases remaining without treatment.
Treatment for Sleep Apnea
After you receive a diagnosis for sleep apnea, Dr. Kostas can provide treatment for sleep apnea. The most common method is with a CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure machine. However, many patients do not have success with this method. For CPAP intolerant cases or patients who wish for a different solution from the start, oral appliance therapy can offer a wonderful alternative. This is a small device that is worn during sleep; it works by repositioning the lower jaw to prevent its collapse, allowing for the free flow of air through the throat at night. Many patients are able to regain their restful sleep with this treatment option.
Benefits of Sleep Apnea Therapy
Sleep apnea therapy with the oral appliance offers a number of benefits for patients, including:
- All the benefits of a restful night’s sleep
- A customized solution that fits comfortably
- Oral appliances are small and portable
- No one else will be disturbed by your oral appliance (unlike with CPAP)
- No special equipment is required with an oral appliance
- And others!
Learn More Today!
If you are a chronic snorer suffering from sleep apnea, you deserve relief in the form of a restful night’s sleep. We can help you achieve just that with effective therapy for sleep apnea! To learn more, please get in touch with Complete Dental Care today.