In our last blog, we talked about how we diagnose obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with a convenient at-home sleep test. But once we identify the disorder, how do we treat it? In many cases, we offer patients in Olathe, KS, relief from sleep disorders using a custom-made oral appliance. Find out how we treat sleep apnea and help you enjoy a better night’s rest, as well as better overall health.
How Does an Appliance Stop OSA?
First, we need to take impressions and measurements to ensure your custom-made oral appliance fits comfortably and offers optimal treatment. Using digital technology, we take a series of detailed images and measurements, which will be used in the design and fabrication process. Once we complete your device, you will begin wearing it at night as you rest. The device looks and fits much like a mouthguard. However, the appliance is much more and actually supports and repositions your lower jaw, which helps prevent the collapse of soft tissues, the cause of apneic episodes. You then enjoy open air passages and uninterrupted sleep throughout the night.
Do I Need Treatment?
How do you know if you have sleep apnea? Many people have no memory of the breathing cessation and waking that occurs multiple times in the night. However, if your significant other reports chronic snoring or shallow breathing, then let us know. You may also notice you wake in the night choking or gasping for breath. Dry mouth in the mornings is common, as well as regular headaches and daytime drowsiness. Sufferers also report difficulty concentrating on tasks at work or school, and frequent moodiness. If you begin to experience many of the symptoms we’ve discussed, then please see us for a home sleep test.
The Long-Term Benefits
Treating your sleep difficulties offers a number of benefits for your quality of life. First, you feel more rested and alert, which improves job performance and reduces depression and mood swings. You also avoid the strain on your immune system and cardiovascular system, which reduces the risk of frequent illness, as well as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack in the coming years. If you have any questions about our custom-made oral appliances, or about identifying OSA, then please contact our team today. Helping you rest easier will offer better overall health and an improved quality of life.
DO YOU HAVE TROUBLE SLEEPING?
Our team offers custom-made and comfortable options to help you enjoy a good night’s rest. To schedule a consultation and learn more about improving your sleep, then call E-Care Dentistry in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, and all surrounding communities.