Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea Relief
If you have sleep apnea, CPAP isn’t your only treatment option. Call to schedule your consultation with our sleep apnea dentist.
It’s frustrating to deal with poor sleep quality and wake up tired every morning. Your energy levels are low, resulting in poor productivity, and you just want to find a solution so you can feel energized again.
If you’re struggling to get a good night’s sleep due to sleep apnea, you may think your only option is to wear a CPAP machine to sleep. But that’s not the case.
At Precision Family Dental & Specialty, we can craft a custom, comfortable oral appliance similar to a mouthguard to improve the symptoms of sleep apnea and help you sleep better.
Sleep Apnea: What Is It?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes your breathing to stop and start as you sleep. Over 25 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. This disorder makes it hard for you to get the sleep you need each night, leaving you feeling fatigued.
The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. During sleep, your throat closes due to the position of your jaw and tongue, causing you to stop breathing for a few seconds.
The most common symptoms of sleep apnea are:
- Headaches first thing in the morning
- Loud snoring during sleep
- Gasping or choking during sleep
- Daytime sleepiness
- Trouble concentrating
- Difficulty focusing on tasks
These symptoms can leave people with sleep apnea frustrated and searching for relief. It’s important to treat these symptoms once your doctor diagnoses you with sleep apnea. Untreated sleep apnea could lead to high blood pressure, stroke, depression, anxiety, or heart attack.
If you believe you may have sleep apnea but have not yet been diagnosed, visit your primary doctor. During your appointment, let them know your concerns, symptoms, and any family history you may have regarding sleep apnea. Once you’ve been diagnosed, schedule an appointment with Precision Family Dental & Specialty to see if oral appliance therapy could treat your sleep apnea.
Customized Oral Appliances to Treat Sleep Apnea
While CPAP machines are the most common treatment for sleep apnea, this isn’t the only option available. CPAP machines aren’t practical for everyone—they can be very expensive and may not provide you with the results you’re looking for. Some patients find that CPAP machines are too loud, disrupting their sleep even more.
Customized oral appliances help sleep apnea by repositioning your jaw and tongue to keep your airway open during sleep, resulting in better sleep. Unlike CPAP machines, oral appliances don’t make any sound and are practical and easy to use. All it takes is some initial getting used to once we fit your oral appliance.
What to Expect During Your Appointment
At your first appointment, we’ll go over your symptoms and diagnosis from your doctor, then take impressions of your teeth. Our lab will craft your custom oral appliance, and at your next appointment, we’ll check the fit. Your oral appliance should fit similarly to a retainer.
If you wear it to sleep and feel any discomfort, come back in so we can correct the fit.
Schedule Your Sleep Apnea Consultation with Precision Family Dental & Specialty
Don’t waste any more of your time struggling with the symptoms of sleep apnea when we have solutions waiting for you. Once you’ve received your diagnosis, call our Precision Family Dental & Specialty team for a consultation. We serve patients throughout Oyster Bay, NY, and we’ll be happy to discuss options that are best fit for you and your condition.