For those who suffer from severe snoring or sleep apnea, getting a good night’s sleep is a constant struggle. When someone has sleep apnea, their throat tends to close up during the night – leading to snoring, difficulty breathing, or potentially even waking up gasping for air. Sleep apnea can cause numerous long-term health problems, as well as serious mental issues due to constant sleep deprivation.
Previously, the most common treatment for sleep apnea was Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) treatment. This used an air compression machine combined with a facial mask to continuously push air towards the throat, holding it open via air pressure. While this technique is the gold standard therapy, many find it difficult to sleep with these masks and accompanying machinery. For some, it’s a cure that is just as bad as the disease.
Fortunately, for some sufferers, there are CPAP alternatives! If you have mild-to-moderate sleep apnea, there is a very good chance that your local Cedar Park dentist has oral sleep appliances that can eliminate the symptoms of sleep apnea, without the bulky CPAP equipment.
How New CPAP Alternatives and Oral Sleep Appliances Can Help Relieve Your Sleep Apnea?
When someone has mild-to-moderate sleep apnea, the most important thing is to help keep their airway open. Usually, the apnea is caused by either the tongue or the soft palate (the soft tissue at the top rear of the mouth) slipping back towards the throat, constricting airflow.
A Cedar Park dentist trained in sleep disorders can construct Oral Sleep designed to prevent this. They’re small, comfortable appliances similar to the retainers used by people with orthodontic issues. These custom-fit appliances are designed to push the jaw forward. This prevents the tongue from moving back towards the throat, holding the airway open. Often, this is all a person needs to eliminate the symptoms of sleep apnea, get a good night’s sleep, and stop disturbing those around them with their snoring.
These oral sleep appliances are almost always considered to be a more comfortable CPAP alternative. They’re less disruptive to other nearby sleepers as well!
Let us help you get a full night’s rest with our oral sleep appliances
If you have sleep apnea, but you find you cannot deal with CPAP treatment, there are alternatives! Contact Reveal Dental, your friendly local Cedar Park dentist, for a consultation on your options. You can also visit our website for more about our general dentistry services.