If you’re not getting a full night of uninterrupted, your health and sense of wellbeing can suffer. For people living with obstructive sleep apnea, it may be difficult to get the rest you need. Fortunately, at Apple Dentistry, our Lansing sleep apnea dentist offers customized oral appliance therapy to treat this serious sleep disorder. Our goal is to help you enjoy better sleep and better overall health.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles at the back of the throat collapse during sleep, blocking the airway. If left untreated sleep apnea can have serious, even life-threatening consequences. In order to accurately diagnose this condition, your doctor will need to perform a sleep study, observing your symptoms while you’re at rest. Patients with sleep apnea may present with heavy snoring, pausing or ceasing to breathe, waking up abruptly and gasping for air. Sleep apnea can disrupt your sleep cycle, causing fatigue, headaches and difficulty concentrating throughout your day. Your physician may recommend a CPAP machine to treat your sleep apnea. The device supplies continuous pressure through a mask, worn over your nose, which helps keep your airway open. In certain cases, our Lansing sleep apnea dentist can provide a customized oral appliance to treat mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, as an alternative to the CPAP machine. Our oral appliances are comfortable, portable and easy to clean. The appliance fits over your top and bottom teeth, like a retainer, creating a slight protrusion in your lower jaw, which helps keep your airway open. Our team will take the time to teach you how to properly wear and care for your appliance, to achieve the most effective outcome of care.
At Apple Dentistry, our Lansing sleep apnea dentist can help you breathe easier and sleep better with oral appliance therapy. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call today.