oral appliance for sleep apnea

Sleep Apnea and Dental Treatment Options

Did you know that 22 Million Americans currently have sleep apnea? Many people find snoring to be one of the biggest nuisances when co-sleeping. Depending upon your condition, Hyde Park Dental may be able to provide treatment for your sleep apnea. We use oral appliances to aid in moving the teeth and jaw, allowing for proper airflow to occur.

Sleep Apnea Oral Device

We create custom oral appliances designed to improve your sleep. You will want to use an oral appliance designed to treat obstructive sleep apnea. Our oral appliances are designed to be long-lasting, comfortable, and affordable. We recommend trying an oral device prior to additional treatments like a CPAP machine or corrective surgery. When we use the oral device, you will see your lower jaw is moved into a forward position, allowing for a comfortable position while sleeping. The movement will help to relax the throat muscles, designed to keep your tongue from blocking the air passages. If you have mild or moderate sleep apnea, dental devices for sleep apnea can be effective at aiding in treating the condition by allowing air to flow properly through the nose and mouth and down the throat.

Mandibular Advancement Devices

A mandibular advancement device is the most commonly used device to treat dental sleep apnea. Mandibular devices are referred to as oral appliances and are designed to move the lower jaw forward while sleeping. What this will do is open the airway and keep the tongue from blocking the airway.

Tongue Retaining Device

Another tool used for dental sleep apnea is the tongue retaining device. A tongue retaining device will hold the tongue in a forward position. It isn’t quite as comfortable and it can take awhile to adjust to it where you are used to wearing it while sleeping.

Sleep Apnea Advanced Treatment with CPAP

If you have a different diagnosis of sleep apnea where you do need to wear a CPAP device, you can also use a dental sleep apnea device to aid in effective treatment. We can create an oral appliance to move the jaw and can be worn with your CPAP, which allows you to reduce the pressure setting of your CPAP.

For more information about dental devices used to treat sleep apnea, contact Hyde Park Dental today!

Dental Treatments for Sleep Apnea

sleep apnea UtahDo you snore when you sleep? Do you have a loved one that keeps you up at night snoring? While snoring is one of the most common signs of sleep apnea, there are several other signs that can go unnoticed. Sleep apnea can kill if it is not caught soon enough. Obstructive sleep apnea is more common that most people believe as it impacts nearly 25 million adults in the United States. When a person suffers from obstructive sleep apnea, it causes people to stop breathing for several seconds to more than a minute.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a chronic condition in which the muscles relax when a person is sleeping. The soft tissues will relax, causeing them to block the airway. When this occurs, repeated breathing pauses occur, reducing your oxygen levels. The breathing pauses then lead to brief awakenings as your body tries to prevent the blockage. The awakenings make it difficult for you to recieve a full nights rest. When this pattern continues day after day, it can cause problems with your quality of life.

Signs of Sleep Apnea

How do you know if you or your loved one has sleep apnea? There are several signs to watch out for including:

  • Choking sounds when sleeping
  • Gasping for breath when sleeping
  • Loud snoring
  • Wheezing

Excess body weight, narrow airways, and misaligned jaws increase the risk of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is more common in men, but it often occurs in women during pregnancy.

Why You Need Sleep Apnea Treatment

Treating sleep apnea is one of the most important aspects for your health. If sleep apnea is left untreated, it can lead to headaches, fatigue, memory loss, and other concerns. Sleep apnea is treated with oral appliances, surgery, or continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). An oral appliance will include the use of a mouth guard-like device that is worn during sleep. The oral appliance will shift the jaw enough to allow for proper airflow through the throat and to the lungs.

Oral appliance therapy is one of the most effective treatments methods to prevent snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. When you come to Hyde Park Dental, we will fit you with an oral appliance device unique to your mouth. Most medical insurance plans will pay for oral appliance therapy. Contact our Logan dental office today for more information.