Dealing With Sleep Apnea

Dealing With Sleep Apnea

dental_nightguardsIf you have sleep apnea, then you already know how frustrating it can be to try to get through each night. From a night’s rest that is anything but restful to an overly bright morning full of headaches, sluggishness, and persistent grogginess. You understand what a real nightmare it can be to get a handle on the symptoms of a bad night’s sleep.

To add to the confusion, it can be a bit difficult to sort out which of the common therapies are the best for your situation. A sleep specialist may suggest a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine, or even surgery in some cases. However, by working with your dentist, you may also find that an oral appliance can help alleviate many of your symptoms in as quickly as one day.

How Does a Dental Appliance Help?

At first, it may seem a little strange to think that an oral appliance you put into your mouth each night could make a difference. However, these custom made devices are often extremely effective because they get at the root cause of your sleep apnea.

Their primary purpose is to simply reposition the jaw and open up your airway for easier, uninterrupted breathing. Other types of appliances may also reposition the tongue to make it easier to sleep as it alleviates bothersome snoring.

But why should you consider using one of these specialized appliances instead of a CPAP?

  • They are easier to carry around on trips
  • You don’t have to constantly adjust them before bedtime
  • It’s quieter and less disturbing for your partner
  • You don’t have to fight hoses to find a comfortable sleeping position
  • It isn’t as costly or invasive as many of the surgical options

Is it Right for You?

Ultimately, only you and your doctor can make a decision about which type of therapy best deals with your unique case. However, at Greenville Family Smiles, we want to be so much more than a family dentist you visit to create, maintain, or restore your bright, healthy smile. We also want to provide the best treatments that focus on your complete oral well-being. For sleep apnea sufferers, that means we want to offer customized therapies that can often help reduce your worst symptoms in a very efficient manner.

We invite you to contact us with any of your questions about dental appliance therapy for your sleep apnea. Our team can work with you to create a customized oral device that precisely fits your mouth without discomfort. Call us today to see how we can help you have a more restful night’s sleep in no time.