Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder that affects over 18 million people. While sleeping, the airway becomes blocked which causes breathing to stop. The patient may not breath for several seconds up to several minutes before breathing is restored. Often times the patient may wake up, unaware that of what just happened and goes right back to sleep. This can occur hundreds of times during the night. So how can Taglia Dentistry in Elmwood Park help treat a sleep disorder? We provide one treatment option for sleep apnea called oral appliance therapy utilizing a mouthpiece. If your doctor has diagnosed you with sleep apnea, contact our clinic to find out how oral appliance therapy and something as simple as a mouthpiece can help you.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that is often not detected because the patient is sleeping when breathing is obstructed. However, there are symptoms that affect the patient even when the patient is awake. Often people suffering with sleep apnea experience:
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You should discuss these symptoms with your doctor to determine if you suffer from sleep apnea as well as possible treatment methods such as mouthguards. If oral appliance therapy is an option given by your doctor as one of the treatment methods, we can help you.
What Causes Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by an obstruction of the airway, usually by the soft tissues in the back of the throat. The tongue, jaw and muscles become relaxed during sleep causing the throat to collapse. This, in turn, stops breathing for a short time. Every time breathing stops, oxygen is prevented from getting to your brain and other organs.
Treating Sleep Apnea Using A Mouthpiece?
Oral appliance therapy may be used alone as a treatment method, or in combination with other methods used to treat sleep apnea. The appliance used for this type of treatment is a plastic mouthpiece device, similar to a mouthguard or retainer, worn at night while you sleep. The purpose of this device is to position the lower jaw, tongue, and uvula so that they are unable to collapse back onto the throat. Stabilizing the mouth in this way allows the airway to remain open. Our dentists have the experience and training with the various designs of these mouthpieces and can help you determine which one is best. An impression of your upper and lower teeth is made and used to create a custom device specifically for you. This ensures the fit and position are optimal and the device is comfortable enough to be worn every night. Regular visits with your dentist are recommended. This offers the opportunity to assess the progress of the treatment, as well as inspect the condition of the oral appliance. Our facility is fully equipped and prepared to help you overcome this sleep disorder.
Contact our Elmwood Park, IL clinic at (312) 757-6434 or schedule an appointment online today.