Are you tired of sleeping alone? Do your loved ones rely on closed doors and earplugs to help them rest peacefully through the night? If you are losing sleep because of your snoring, or if you are keeping your loved ones up at night with choking and gasping sounds, you may have sleep apnea.
Take the survey below to find out if you show symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSA)
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a potentially debilitating condition characterized by shallow or infrequent breathing during sleep. Sleep apnea occurs when the muscles supporting the soft palate relax, allowing the airway to narrow and close as you breathe in. It causes sufferers to snore loudly, choke, and gasp during sleep, leaving them (and those closest to them) feeling exhausted during the day. Conditions that have been linked to sleep apnea include high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and impaired concentration. Though it has the potential to be debilitating, at AV Sierra Dental Center, sleep apnea dentist Dr. Oh has effective treatments that will put an end to your lonely nights and weary days.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Along with complaints from those closest to you, the following are sleep apnea symptoms to be aware of:
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Waking frequently with the need to urinate
- Feeling fatigued throughout the day
- Weight gain
- Attention problems
- Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat
- Morning headaches
Dental Appliance for Sleep Apnea
At our Palmdale dental office, Dr. Oh addresses sleep apnea symptoms and snoring with a removable, dental appliance for sleep apnea (an oral appliance similar to a mouthpiece) that stabilizes the tongue and repositions the jaw. This allows for normal mouth opening and closing, as well as normal airflow, giving you immediate relief from sleep apnea symptoms. Though the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device is the gold standard for treating mild to severe sleep apnea, our treatment is far less invasive and is ideal for patients who can’t tolerate the CPAP or who suffer from mild sleep apnea. Dental sleep appliances are easy to use and require little to no change in your lifestyle.
Are Dental Sleep Appliances Safe?
Your dental appliance for sleep apnea will be custom fitted to your mouth. It will not cause excessive discomfort, but there might be an adjustment period while you get used to sleeping with it. Your sleep apnea dentist will fit the appliance to your mouth and can make adjustments as needed.
Sleep Apnea Dental Device Cost
Most insurance plans will cover the cost of these appliances if they are for treating sleep apnea. In addition, dental appliances for sleep apnea are far more cost-effective than CPAP machines or surgical procedures. Contact your specific insurance provider if you have questions about what is covered.
Dental Sleep Appliances at AV Sierra Dental
Living with sleep apnea is difficult for you and your loved ones around you. A dental appliance for sleep apnea is a standard and effective treatment to help you sleep properly. Dr. Oh and the team at AV Sierra Dental are committed to serving the Palmdale, CA area for all dentistry needs, including sleep apnea treatment. Take a step towards better sleep, and contact us today for an appointment!