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How Does a Dental Sleep Apnea Device Work? 

Apr 2 2022

Being diagnosed with a medical condition can be concerning, especially if that medical condition is sleep apnea. Fortunately, there are treatment and management options available, including dental sleep apnea devices. At Distinctive Dental Solutions, our experienced dentists can guide you through how dental sleep apnea devices work and answer all of your questions. Reach out to us by phone or online today to learn more. 

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where an individual routinely stops and starts breathing throughout the night. This potentially serious sleep disorder has three types: obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, and complex sleep apnea syndrome. Characterized by feeling tired after a full night’s sleep, loud snoring, morning headaches, insomnia, and gasping for air during sleep, sleep apnea can be a challenging and potentially serious condition to live with, both for the sufferer and their partner. 

Dental Oral Appliances for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Fortunately, sleep apnea is a condition that can be corrected and, if not reversed, treated and managed. Some lifestyle changes that can help with managing obstructive sleep apnea include losing weight, giving up alcohol and tobacco, and eating well and exercising regularly. If sleep apnea persists, a dental sleep apnea device may be a great solution. 

How Does a Dental Sleep Apnea Device Work?

A dental sleep apnea device, often called an oral appliance, is a dental appliance that fits into the mouth and prevents the tongue from blocking the throat, keeping the airway open during sleep. They also hold the jaw in place, preventing the lower jaw from advancing forward and blocking the airway. Dental sleep apnea devices might be in use in combination with other treatment options, such as lifestyle changes. Keep in mind that an oral device is not the same as a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, which sends a steady flow of oxygen into a person’s mouth while sleeping. 

Call Distinctive Dental Solutions Today

If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, then it’s important that you work with your doctor to determine the best solution for you. One option may be using a dental oral appliance/sleep apnea device for sleep apnea management. If the use of an oral appliance is appropriate, our professionals at Distinctive Dental Solutions can help. To learn more about dental oral appliances for obstructive sleep apnea treatment, call Distinctive Dental Solutions today. You can reach us by phone or online. We are accepting new patients.

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