Snoring and sleep apnea are sleeping disorders that occur when the size of the airway is reduced. This may result from poor tongue posture, a large tongue, a narrow jaw structure, or loose skin in the throat.
Snoring itself is frustrating, but it is treatable, and less threatening than true sleep apnea. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) causes the sufferer to pause their breathing throughout the night. Each time their airway collapses, they wake up briefly to reopen their airway.
OSA patients may awaken hundreds of times each night, whether or not they remember doing so. These patients are not receiving the oxygen or the sleep that they need to enjoy a functional body or healthy lifestyle.
Sleep apnea is linked to:
- Weight gain
- Depression and moodiness
- Accident proneness
- Memory loss
Even before more serious symptoms arise, sleep apnea patients suffer from a reduced quality of life. Daily fatigue prevents them from being productive at work or enjoying their social and personal interactions.
Dr. Sheridan is happy to provide patients with sleep apnea assessments and treatments. We want our patients to receive the sleep and oxygen they need to live long, healthy lives.
Treating Sleep Apnea with Oral Appliance Therapy
If you have mild to moderate sleep apnea, ask Dr. Sheridan about your treatment options. He may suggest the CPAP machine, lifestyle changes, or surgery for some individuals, but in most cases, he will recommend oral appliance therapy.
Oral appliances reduce sleep apnea associated health risks without medications or surgeries. An oral appliance is a device, much like a mouthguard, that fits over the upper and lower teeth. You will wear the appliance during sleep to keep the airway open. The appliance will improve your breathing and allow you to sleep deeply throughout the night.
Why do patients like our custom-made oral appliances so much? Some of the benefits of these appliances include:
- Eliminate the need for the bulky CPAP machine
- Prevent high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, and other related disorders
- Convenient and portable
- Easy to clean
- Restore proper sleep to you and your partner
You deserve a restful night’s sleep. Please call our office to schedule a consultation with our compassionate dentist today!