Sleep Apnea and its Treatments

By Heritage Hunt Dental
December 22, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea  

Find out whether our dentist might be able to help you get a better night’s sleep.

Sleep apnea can cause a lot of issues for the sufferer if left untreated. Not only do you experience poor sleep quality but also you wake snoringup exhausted and irritable. You probably wouldn’t even know what good sleep felt like. While fighting the extreme daytime drowsiness, you may also be prone to developing heart disease, high blood pressure or even a stroke as a result of the untreated sleep apnea. This is why getting treatment right away is vitally important. Find out how our Gainesville, VA dentist, Dr. Chris Houser, can help.

What is oral appliance therapy?

While CPAP therapy tends to be the most common and effective way to treat sleep apnea, if you are dealing with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) then this custom-fit sleep appliance could be used to improve your sleep and prevent airway obstructions during the night.

If you were to look at this oral appliance, you would see that it looks similar to a mouthguard. When worn, it is designed to hold the jaw in a forward position to help keep airways open and free from obstructions while you sleep. It is a great way to treat both OSA and snoring.

If our Gainesville general dentist determines that you are right for this sleep apnea appliance, then we will get to work making this device. There are many different kinds of oral appliances from which to choose so we will also determine which one is right for you.

What are the benefits?

Whether you’ve tried CPAP therapy or you’ve only heard about it, chances are good that you know how bulky and uncomfortable they can sometimes be. There is certainly an adjustment period when it comes to using CPAP equipment while you sleep. But oral appliance therapy is non-invasive, comfortable, easy to care for and portable. No one wants to lug CPAP equipment around with them, especially when they travel, but, if you have oral appliance therapy, it’s easy to travel with a small dental device like that used in oral appliance therapy.

Heritage Hunt Dental in Gainesville, VA is ready to help you get better sleep by treating your sleep apnea. If you want to find out if oral appliance therapy is an ideal treatment for you, then it’s time you gave us a call.


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