Sleep apnea is a condition in which a patient’s airway is obstructed while they sleep. They
can snore, but even more dangerously, they can stop breathing. This pause
in breathing may only be felt in sleep disruption, but it can lead to
serious issues, such as lack of oxygen in the brain. If you suspect you
have sleep apnea, you should consult your general doctor, but you should
also consult your dentist on your next dental checkup in Bloomingdale.
There are a few different treatments doctors typically employ to alleviate
sleep apnea. These might include noisy machines like a CPAP which mildly
forces air into the patient’s airway as they sleep. There are other
appliances, typically found at your dentist’s office that act almost
like a mouth guard. These sleep apnea appliances are custom-molded to
your teeth and jaw. They position the jaw forward to keep the airway open
while you sleep. This appliance can prevent snoring and sleep apnea. Schedule
your dental checkup today to find out more about sleep apnea appliances.