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By S & G Family Dentistry
April 03, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea  

Suffering from sleep apnea? Find out how your dentist could provide you with a good night’s rest.sleep apnea

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea then chances are pretty good that you are so exhausted that getting up in the morning might feel like one of the biggest chores. You may feel like you are dragging yourself through the day like a zombie. Maybe you’ve been trying CPAP therapy but it still isn’t giving you the restorative sleep you need. In this case, it might be time to talk to our Leawood, KS, dentists, Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier, about oral appliance therapy.

Instead of placing a facemask over your nose and mouth every night before bedtime, our Leawood general dentists will provide you with a custom-made dental device that looks similar to a mouthguard but will treat your sleep apnea.

The oral appliance works by supporting and repositioning the lower jaw a touch forward. By moving the jaw ever so slightly into this position while you sleep, this custom-made oral device can prevent the tongue from obstructing the airways and can prevent the airways from collapsing during sleep. Instead, the airways will remain open, preventing breathing cessations throughout the night (the main reason sleep apnea sufferers are so exhausted in the morning).

While an oral appliance might look similar to a mouthguard, it certainly isn’t. In fact, this therapeutic dental device will need to be custom-made by our Leawood dentists to guarantee that the appliance provides the best fit for the best results and djustments may periodically need to be made to the appliance.

There are a variety of different oral appliances out there for managing loud snoring and sleep apnea. This treatment can be used to treat some patients dealing with mild-to-moderate sleep apnea symptoms, or it can be used in conjunction with CPAP therapy to provide the ideal symptom relief to help you sleep better. Our dentists will even work with your sleep medicine specialists to provide the best care you need to tackle your sleep apnea once and for all.

Do you have questions about oral appliance therapy? Want to find out whether you might be right for this alternative sleep apnea treatment? Then isn’t it time you called Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS, to learn more?