Sleep apnea is a chronic condition causing you to stop breathing at different times while you are asleep. It has two types – obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.
The former is the most common type of sleep apnea, and many people fall prey to the same. Under this type, the soft tissues of your airway collapse, causing interruptions to breathe. Such a collapse prevents oxygen from passing through the airway and then reaching your lungs. Under central sleep apnea, your brain stops sending signals to the lungs during sleep.
Both these types disrupt your sleep pattern, and if not treated well, you may end up waking up irritated and feeling lethargic throughout the day. Sleep apnea also impacts your short-term and long-term physical and mental health.
Treatment of Sleep Apnea
Whether you are suffering from central or obstructive sleep apnea, we can help you treat both of them. After diagnosing the type of problem and assessing your teeth, mouth, and temporomandibular joints, we will design your treatment plan. Usually, the treatment involves wearing oral appliances that help to ease the symptoms of mild to moderate sleep apnea.
These appliances come in different shapes and sizes and are crafted by our specialists to fit your mouth.
Mandibular Advancement Devices
Also known as dental sleep devices, they are the most commonly used oral appliances addressing sleep apnea. They look exactly like the mouthguards worn by athletes and work by pushing your lower jaw forward. Such a position tightens your muscles, and they do not collapse. Mandibular advancement devices make the airway rigid and stronger, thus eliminating the problem. These appliances are adjustable and comfortable to wear.
Benefits of Oral Appliances
The use of oral appliances is a great option to improve your condition. They are an inexpensive method using which you can treat your problem in no time. Many oral appliances can be adjusted according to the shape and size of your jaw, thus making them comfortable to wear during sleep. Using such oral devices doesn’t pose a risk of sleep apnea-related surgery.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Anaheim Hills, CA, to have a consultation with our dentist. Please call Dentist in Anaheim Hills at (714) 974-0949 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.