Have you found that you struggle to stay awake at work or on the train even though you got enough sleep the night before? Has your family complained that you snore so loud at night that it wakes them up? While this might seem like just a minor annoyance, it can actually signal something more: sleep apnea.
But there is good news. Our dental team is equipped and trained to provide proper treatment for sleep apnea.
How your dentist can help treat sleep apnea
For those who suffer from sleep apnea, the traditional treatment is a continuous positive airway pressure machine, or CPAP. This machine forces air down your throat at a consistent pace throughout the night with a facial mask. It is highly effective for sleep apnea treatment, but many people can’t use their CPAP on a regular basis because of the noise and discomfort involved.
This is where your dentist comes in. Dentists can help treat sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy, which looks just like a sports mouth guard. Oral appliances are designed by our dentists to custom fit your unique mouth. When created, it will comfortably reposition your jaw and tongue in a way that successfully prevents airway collapse.
If you suffer from sleep apnea, or suspect that you might, contact us at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry to learn more about your options.