Obstructive sleep apnea is a common and serious sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing during sleep. The airway repeatedly becomes blocked, limiting the amount of air that reaches your lungs. When this happens, you may snore loudly or making choking noises as you try to breathe. Your brain and body becomes oxygen deprived and you may wake up. This may happen a few times a night, or in more severe cases, several hundred times a night.
In many cases, your dentist can create a custom mouthguard to reduce sleep apnea so that expensive and bulky breathing machines are not needed.
Why Choose Oral Appliance Therapy over CPAP?
In effectively treating sleep apnea, it’s important to keep airway passages open and promote the flow of air. For those who have been diagnosed with the condition, the closure of airways and the inability to catch your breath is what causes you to continually awaken during sleep.
There are typically two ways to promote open airways and free airflow:
CPAP Machine – CPAP, or a positive airway pressure appliance, uses a mask, worn over your nose and mouth to pump air into passage ways.
Oral Appliance – These devices, which look like mouth guards, hold your jaw at an appropriate angle, so that airway collapse doesn’t occur and you are able to breathe normally while sleeping.
While CPAP is usually the first line of defense against sleep apnea, many patients find the equipment too bulky and are uncomfortable with the forced air emitted by the machine. For patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea, an oral appliance proves to be more comfortable and just as effective at allowing them to breathe more easily.
Getting Treatment for Sleep Apnea in Warrenton, VA
Our dental office offer patients an at-home initial sleep apnea screening, rather than sending them to a sleep clinic. If you do have sleep apnea, the next step involves seeing a sleep physician for a complete diagnosis.
If an oral appliance is decided on being effective for your case, our dental office will fabricate, deliver and maintain your oral appliance. We can help enjoy a much improved night’s sleep, and freedom from bothersome sleep apnea side effects. Dr. Iskander works closely with sleep apnea patients to ensure ideal care. Even if you don’t have teeth, we can fit you with an oral appliance for the treatment of sleep apnea.