Sleep Apnea Treatment and Snoring Therapy
Sleep apnea is a very common, yet sometimes life-threatening, disorder that causes individuals to stop breathing while sleeping. It is estimated that more than 18 million Americans suffer from this disorder, and many forgo treatment for various reasons. Sleep apnea treatment and snoring therapy can be easier than you think. Many people simply don’t realize that a trip to the dentist could be the difference between a restful night’s sleep and waking up feeling exhausted day after day.
Dental Treatments for Sleep Apnea
When many people think of treatments for sleep apnea, they only think of the cumbersome and expensive CPAP machines that require patients to wear a mask-like device while sleeping. We provide sleep apnea sufferers with an alternative treatment that is more comfortable, affordable and highly effective.
Oral Appliance Therapy
For patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy, or OAT is an effective treatment option. The appliance is a small plastic device that fits inside the mouth. The look and feel are similar to that of a mouth guard worn by athletes.
Oral appliance therapy is often effective on its own and is an ideal solution for sleep apnea sufferers who are unable to tolerate the CPAP machine. In cases of moderate to severe sleep apnea, the device is sometimes used in conjunction with CPAP therapy.
How OAT Works
This device works to keep the airway open at night by keeping the tongue and tissues in the back of the throat from collapsing. This results in reduced snoring and ensures adequate air intake throughout the night.
At Castle Rock Family Dental, we are experienced with various types of oral appliance therapy and understand both devices that reposition the lower jaw and devices that work by holding the tongue forward. We will help you find the device that best suits your needs. We will also fit the device to your mouth perfectly, ensuring both comfort and maximum effectiveness. If you are curious about sleeping devices for sleep apnea and the effectiveness of other alternative dental treatments for sleep apnea call 303-688-2229 for a free consultation with Dr. Brody. Schedule your appointment today!