Dental Appliances For Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that affects many individuals. If you’re looking for an effective, non-invasive solution, our team of experienced dentists, Dr. Baust and Dr. Joyce are here to help. Twin Oaks Dentistry in Winston-Salem, NC, is your trusted partner in achieving a restful night’s sleep and improving your quality of life.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by interruptions in breathing during sleep. These interruptions, called apneas, can occur multiple times throughout the night, leading to fragmented sleep and a lack of oxygen flow to vital organs. Common signs include loud snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, and irritability. If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase the risk of serious health issues such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Seeking effective treatment options for sleep apnea is crucial for improving your sleep quality and overall health.
Why Should You See a Dentist for Sleep Apnea?
Dentists are uniquely positioned to assess and address the specific needs of your oral health and sleep apnea concerns. They understand the intricate relationship between the oral cavity, the airway, and sleep-disordered breathing. Through a comprehensive evaluation, your dentist can assess the structure of your mouth, jaw, and airway to determine the most appropriate treatment approach.
How Do Dental Appliances for Sleep Apnea Work?
Dental appliances for sleep apnea are custom-made devices that fit comfortably in your mouth while you sleep. These appliances are designed to reposition the jaw, helping to keep the airway open and allowing for unobstructed breathing during sleep. The dental appliance is crafted based on precise measurements of your mouth and jaw to ensure optimal fit and effectiveness. We will guide you through the fitting process, ensuring your appliance is tailored to your specific needs.
One significant advantage of dental appliances is their convenience and portability. They are compact and easy to use. They provide a comfortable alternative to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines, which some individuals find cumbersome or restrictive. They offer flexibility and can be an effective solution for those with mild to moderate sleep apnea or for those who are unable to tolerate CPAP therapy.
Do You Need To Wear Your Sleep Apnea Dental Appliance Every Night?
Consistency is key when it comes to the effectiveness of your sleep apnea dental appliance. It is recommended to wear your appliance every night as prescribed. Regular use of the dental appliance ensures ongoing support for keeping your airway open during sleep, reducing apneas, and improving your sleep quality. Skipping nights or discontinuing use can result in the return of symptoms and the potential consequences of untreated sleep apnea.
Wearing your sleep apnea dental appliance consistently maximizes its benefits and helps you establish a routine for better sleep hygiene. It becomes a natural part of your bedtime routine, ensuring you get the restful sleep you deserve.
Schedule an Appointment With Our Sleep Apnea Dentist Today!
At our Winston-Salem, NC, dental practice, we understand how sleep apnea can impact your daily life and overall well-being. By working closely with our experienced dentists, Dr. Baust and Dr. Joyce, you can explore the effective solution dental appliances offer for sleep apnea.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment and begin your journey to better sleep and improved quality of life.