Dental Solutions for Sleep Apnea
Snoring is a common, if unpleasant, problem and one of the most recognizable symptoms of sleep apnea. About eighteen million Americans are believed to suffer from OSA, and many of them have not yet been diagnosed. If you have obstructive sleep apnea, your risk of cardiovascular disease and other serious health problems is significantly higher than those who do not have OSA, but proper treatment can lower these risks and may add years to your life.
Why to See a Dentist
Many treatments are available for OSA, and each person’s individual needs will play a large role in the best treatment for them. Oral appliances are a popular first-line therapy for those with mild-to-moderate sleep apnea, and are available through qualified sleep apnea dentists. They can also be used in those with severe apnea who have not been able to tolerate CPAP therapy.
Mouthpieces are easy to use, and most patients adjust quickly. Once Dr. Radfar customizes your appliance, you will wear it nightly to alleviate your snoring and apnea symptoms. Appliances that are designed to address only snoring rather than sleep apnea, or ones that that do not fit properly, could lead to symptoms worsening or increase your risk of other problems, such as bruxism or a shifting bite. It is therefore important that you see a qualified sleep apnea dentist for a properly fitting, FDA-approved sleep apnea appliance.
Types of Sleep Apnea Appliances
Several types of sleep apnea appliances are available. Mandibular advancement devices are one of the most popular types. These appliances gently reposition the lower jaw, which widens the airway and prevents the collapse of tissues that obstructs it. Tongue repositioning devices prevent the tongue from blocking the airway.
Oral appliances can be used alone, or they can be combined with other strategies, including CPAP machines and lifestyle changes. Dr. Radfar will examine your mouth and oral structures to determine the best type of appliance for your needs. We will explain the benefits and disadvantages of each appliance, and our recommendations for you.
Call us today to learn more or to schedule your sleep apnea test with Dr. Radfar.