Sleep Apnea is a condition that results in a lack of Oxygen intake while sleeping. This often, but not always, is accompanied by snoring. While sleep apnea and snoring can be annoying to family members, it can also have serious health consequences. Some conditions that can result from a lack of oxygen flow are High blood pressure, coronary heart disease, cardiac hypertrophy, heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias, stroke, and pulmonary hypertension.
Traditional therapy for sleep apnea has been CPAP therapy. This treatment consists of wearing a mask that is hooked to a machine that pumps oxygen into the patient’s lungs. While this treatment can be successful, many patients are unable to sleep properly while wearing the CPAP.
A dental sleep appliance can be an effective way to treat sleep apnea. It also can be much easier to tolerate while sleeping. The appliance is custom fit to your mouth and can be adjusted to optimize breathing while you sleep. Often times, this appliance will be covered by your Medical Insurance.
If you suffer from sleep apnea, snore, or cannot tolerate wearing a CPAP, call our office for a consultation.