Sleep Apnea Treatment
Do you have sleep apnea and find your CPAP or BiPAP is driving you nuts? If so, please see Dr. Bradley Jordan for an evaluation of a custom-made sleep apnea appliance. There is an alternative to the loud, bulky, uncomfortable machines that prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep.
What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
Signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include daytime sleepiness, high blood pressure, acid reflux, snoring, and your spouse or partner noticing that you stop breathing for a period of time while sleeping. Obstructive sleep apnea is not a harmless condition; if left untreated, it can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, automotive and industrial accidents, and possibly even death.
How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?
Once your medical doctor has diagnosed you with obstructive sleep apnea, the first line of treatment is often an appliance that is worn at night, such as a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) or BiPAP (Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure). These devices force air through your respiratory tract, keeping it open and preventing the soft tissue from falling backward and collapsing. However, many patients describe wearing one of these devices as claustrophobic, restrictive, drying, cumbersome, loud, and an intimacy killer.
Fortunately, dentistry has developed an alternative treatment using devices that reposition the mandibular. These custom-made devices hold your lower jaw forward, helping keep your throat open. If you have been diagnosed with mild or moderate sleep apnea, a mandibular repositioning device is an effective way to reduce or eliminate sleep apnea.
What Happens During Treatment?
After consulting with your referring physician, we can begin the fabrication process for your device. Since a dental-made repositioning device attaches to teeth, you must have at least 8 teeth per arch and no active gum disease. Making one of these appliances requires that we get impressions or molds of your upper and lower teeth and a registration of your bite. After two to three weeks, you will receive the appliance from our office and learn how to use it and care for it.
Most mandibular repositioning devices are adjustable by either the patient or the dentist. This allows the jaw to be advanced to the point at which you are no longer snoring and wake up feeling rested. For most patients, this is as far as the lower jaw needs to be moved forward. Since we work with your referring physician and want to make sure that the device is adequately treating you, your physician will likely order a second sleep study in which you will wear the device.
Treat Your Sleep Apnea and Get Some Rest!
Many couples cannot sleep in the same room as each other due to one partner’s snoring or the loud noise that comes from their sleep apnea machine. You owe it to your marriage and your partner to get evaluated for obstructive sleep apnea and the treatment options that go with it.
Don’t waste another good night’s sleep – contact Lone Oak Dental today!