Each night, millions of people endure the effects of sleep apnea, yet few know that dentistry may provide them with a life-changing and life-saving solution.
Living with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most common form of sleep apnea, can be challenging to say the least. Sleep apnea blocks the airway during sleep, causing symptoms such as snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, abrupt awakenings, sore throat, morning headaches. and others that can dramatically affect your quality of life.
Fortunately, your DC Dental Spa dentist may be able to recommend an oral appliance that can reduce the symptoms of the condition so you can sleep better at night and feel your best during the day. An oral appliance is a possible alternative treatment for people whose mild or moderate sleep apnea is not improved by CPAP treatments.
How Oral Appliances Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Oral appliances treat OSA in two different ways. Mandibular advancement devices (MADS) look similar to mouth guards and are the most popular dental treatment for the condition. MADs gently position the lower jaw forward and down to keep the airway open so you can breathe easier at night.
Tongue retaining devices (TRDs) are dental splints that hold the tongue in place. TRDs keep the airway open to reduce symptoms of sleep apnea.
Your DC Dental Spa dentist may also recommend an orthodontic treatment called rapid maxillary expansion. During this procedure, a screw device is applied to the upper teeth to lessen nasal pressure and improve breathing. Your treatment will all depend on your unique anatomy and diagnosis of sleep apnea.
Do you suffer from sleep apnea? If you’ve been diagnosed with OSA but find CPAP therapy uncomfortable, contact us at DC Dental Spa for a consultation today at (202) 873-1054. You may qualify for oral appliance therapy to feel more rested and curb your sleep apnea symptoms!