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What is Sleep Apnea Treatment?
For patients with sleep apnea, it can be downright impossible to feel confident throughout the day. Sleep apnea involves the muscles at the back of the throat relaxing and closing the airway while a person sleeps. This causes the person to wake up regularly throughout the night, and it may be marked with loud, disruptive snoring. We offer a simple oral device option for those who are suffering from sleep apnea.
Why might Sleep Apnea Treatment be needed?
The reason you might benefit from sleep apnea treatment is because the condition is taking over your life. You might not feel good throughout the day because you’re always so tired. This could have an impact on your relationships, career and many other aspects of your life. Sleep apnea can even lead to other medical conditions, so it is important to consider treatment as soon as possible.
Who is a candidate for Sleep Apnea Treatment?
Most patients who have mild to moderate sleep apnea will benefit from the oral device appliance that we can make for them in our office. We will review your health history as well as go over any medical data that you might have. We will examine your mouth and throat, and ask you about any symptoms that you have at night. From there, we can determine if an oral device is enough to control your sleep apnea.
What happens during the Sleep Apnea Treatment process?
We first take impressions of your mouth and teeth. These highly-detailed molds are then used to make an actual oral appliance. The appliance is fitted to be comfortable and effective. It works by keeping the muscles from collapsing over the back of the throat, which could otherwise affect your breathing. The device is often easier and more comfortable to wear for our patients when compared to a larger CPAP machine. You will need to replace the device as it begins to show signs of wear. However, you can expect the appliance to last for many years before this is needed.
If you want to learn more about sleep apnea treatment and how it works, call us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation.