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By Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center
July 09, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sleep apnea   Oral Appliance  

What is the best way to manage your sleep apnea?

Have you just been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea? If so, you may be wondering what your treatment options are. Sure, you can easily talk with a sleep doctor about how to best treat your condition; however, you may be surprised to discover that our Leawood, KS, dentists Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarrett Grosdidier can also help you manage your sleep apnea symptoms.

When it comes to treating obstructive sleep apnea the most common treatment option is CPAP therapy. CPAP therapy requires the person to wear a face mask over their face while they sleep. Throughout the night, continuous pressurized air is pumped into the nose and mouth to keep the airways open and to prevent obstructions. While this is a common way to treat sleep apnea it isn’t the only option.

Oral appliance therapy provides a custom-fitted dental device that fits over the upper and lower teeth like a mouthguard. This device works by repositioning the jaws or by suppressing the tongue to prevent airway obstructions while you sleep.

There are many factors that can play into which treatment option will work best for managing your obstructive sleep apnea symptoms. Some things to consider include,

The severity of your sleep apnea: The people who are ideal candidates for getting oral appliance from our Leawood, KS, dentists usually have mild sleep apnea; however, some moderate cases may also benefit. Those with more moderate or severe sleep apnea will typically require CPAP therapy.

You just snore: Perhaps you don’t have sleep apnea at all but you are a terribly loud, chronic snorer. This problem can also affect the quality of your sleep. In this case, oral appliance therapy may be a great treatment option.

CPAP therapy didn’t work for you: Some people don’t qualify for CPAP therapy or have tried a variety of different CPAP treatments but weren’t successful. While not common, this situation is possible. If CPAP therapy hasn’t worked for you then it may be time to talk with one of our sleep apnea dentists about whether oral appliance therapy may be a better solution.

Wondering whether your sleep apnea could benefit from getting oral appliance therapy from our Leawood, KS, dental team? If you want to sit down and discuss your treatment options with us then call Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center at (913) 451-2929 to schedule a consultation.