Sleep Apnea Appliances
Millions of people suffer from sleep apnea, a condition that results in snoring, or the absence of breathing for periods of time during sleep. Many people are unaware they experience sleep apnea, a disorder that can lead to dangerous health risks.
Sleep apnea is the persistent interruption of breathing that occurs when airflow is blocked, or when the brain fails to tell the muscles to breathe. The brain partially awakens once breathing stops, making it difficult for sleep apnea patients to get a full night’s rest. Symptoms of sleep apnea include teeth grinding, morning headaches, and feeling tired during the day even after sleeping at night. Lack of adequate sleep can also lead to more complicated systemic health issues.
The typical method for treating sleep apnea is through continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP). However, most patients find the bulky quality of the machine and mask too difficult to use on a consistent basis.
Fortunately, there are a variety of new and innovative treatments available from Pleasant Hill dentist Dr. Kevin Dowd. Oral appliance treatment can help you improve your quality of sleep and lessen the risk to your health caused by sleep apnea.
Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea
Custom made oral appliances, such as mandibular advancement devices, are worn at night and adjust the position of your jaw to prevent continuing obstruction of your airway while you are asleep. The appliance looks and feels like an orthodontic retainer or mouth guard. It is designed to let the jaw open and close naturally, allowing the patient to breathe normally.
When normal breathing is restored then there is a significant reduction in snoring or breathing pauses during sleep. This treatment method is often easier and more comfortable than the CPAP, which means patients are more likely to use the device. Oral appliances are easy to use and far less invasive than surgical treatment.
Pleasant Hill Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance Therapy
Dr. Dowd works with your physician to develop an effective treatment plan for your unique case of sleep apnea. Once you have been approved for treatment, Dr. Dowd will measure your airway, take precise impressions, and create your custom appliance. He will also make any adjustments you may need after you have used the appliance. Sleep apnea appliances are small enough to fit into a travel bag, and won’t stop working when the power goes out.
Dr. Dowd can help you overcome sleep apnea complications through oral appliance treatments. If you believe a loved one or you may be suffering from sleep apnea, please contact our Pleasant Hill dental office in Contra Costa County for more information.