If you have been formally diagnosed with sleep apnea, you already know that it can be a very serious matter. The most common form of this condition is known as OSA, which means obstructive sleep apnea. It is a condition in which the soft tissue at the back of your throat collapses together whenever you lay down. It can seem as if you are “just snoring” when in reality you are gasping to get air into your lungs. Many people with sleep apnea technically stop breathing countless times during the night, and this leads to the development of associated health issues. At Sana Dental in Edmonton, AB, we can provide patients with several options for sleep apnea treatment.
Understanding Sleep Apnea Treatment
Though there are special machines known as CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines used to help those with sleep apnea. Many patients complain of discomfort when wearing the masks and trying to remain asleep with the sound of the machinery. This is why many are eager to learn if oral appliances may be as effective.
As your dentist in Edmonton, we can work with you to determine if oral appliances can help with your sleep apnea, but we will first do an assessment of the situation. This is because CPAP actually forces air into your airway while oral appliances alter your jaw position as a means of holding the airway open. This may not work for everyone, but it is a quiet and simple solution well worth exploring.
Sleep apnea does more than disrupt sleep. It causes serious daytime fatigue, low job performance, unclear thinking, workplace and/or driving accidents, and a long list of health issues ranging from higher blood pressure to stroke. Treatment is essential.
Contact Our Edmonton, AB Office to Discuss Sleep Apnea Solutions
Do you have sleep apnea? Are you eager to explore treatment options? If so, please call our Edmonton, AB office at 1-780-476-3391. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.