Dental Solutions for Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is estimated to affect between three and seven percent of the adult population in the United States. This common sleep disorder can bring serious health consequences ranging from obesity and depression to high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. If you have sleep apnea, Dr. Radfar might recommend a dental solution. Sleep apnea oral appliances are becoming increasingly popular as more patients are discovering their comfort, convenience, and portability.
Why See a Sleep Apnea Dentist
Oral appliances are specially designed mouth guards. These appliances stabilize the soft tissues in the mouth and surrounding the airway so that they do not collapse and obstruct the breathing passages while you are sleeping.
Proper treatment can add up to fifteen years to your life, but not all OSA oral devices are equally effective. The FDA only approves sleep apnea appliances that are obtained through a qualified dentist such as Dr. Radfar. Snoring devices that are not designed for sleep apnea or do not properly fit could actually worsen your symptoms and aggravate other dental issues, including TMJ disorder or bruxism. Seeing a properly trained sleep apnea dentist ensures you get the best device for your needs and the most comfortable sleep apnea solution available.
Types of Sleep Apnea Dental Appliances
Several types of sleep apnea treatment options are available. Oral appliances are a great first-line treatment for patients with mild-to-moderate sleep apnea or those with severe sleep apnea who have not tolerated CPAP therapy. One popular type of device is the mandibular advancement device. These appliances gently reposition the lower jaw, which widens the airway. This is a comfortable, easy-to-use solution that most patients tolerate well. Another type of device is the tongue-retaining appliance. This type is most appropriate for those with large tongues or whose tongues are responsible for obstructing their airways.
Dr. Radfar will help you decide on the best appliance for your needs after a complete evaluation. Contact us today to find out more or to schedule your consultation.