Sleep apnea is a condition that is potentially very dangerous where during your sleep, your breathing repeatedly stops and starts again. If you’ve been known to snore loudly, and even after a full night of sleep you still feel tired, you might have sleep apnea. If you’re in Dublin, California and think you may have sleep apnea, you’ve come to the right place! Here at Sharma Dental Center, Dublin, California, we understand the importance of receiving medical care for sleep apnea and offer treatments that can help.
The main types of sleep apnea are:
The biggest threat sleep apnea poses (other than disturbing your loved one with loud snoring) is your body being unable to breath. This can sometimes be down to your lifestyle, and if you’ve seen a Doctor about this condition, they may have advised you to make healthy lifestyle changes such as weight loss. However, your dentist can help with sleep apnea too. Using sleep apnea treatments from your dentist will allow you to breathe properly during sleep and wake up feeling refreshed - as well as preventing the chance of disturbing your partner during your sleep.
For dentists, a specialty field focuses on the treatment of loud snoring and sleep apnea. This field is referred to as medicine for dental sleep. Dentists trained in this area work closely with physicians and clinicians to find the right treatment strategy to remedy the sleep disorder of a patient. Their function is also to help control the snoring and apnea symptoms of a patient through oral appliance therapy.
There are two dental devices that, along with CPAP therapy, may be prescribed for the treatment of sleep apnea: mandibular advancement devices (MADs) and mouthpieces that retain the tongue.
Mandibular Advancement Devices
MADs look like sporty mouth guards that go over the teeth both on your upper and lower sets. There are two trays in the middle, which are connected by a hinge. The lower jaw and tongue are held in a slightly forward position by this device at night. When you relax during sleep, it helps prevent the soft tissues in the back of the mouth and throat from blocking the airway. To improve comfort and effectiveness, specially trained dentists may change the location and fit of MADs.
Tongue-retaining mouthpieces can be useful for sleep apnea sufferers with limited jaw flexibility. When sleeping, these oral devices prevent the tongue from slipping down into the airway. It fits around the tongue and, using a light suction force, holds it in place.
Call Sharma Dental Center to talk about sleep apnea treatments today! Our team will be happy to help.