Here at Jon C. Packman DDS, we can provide you with oral appliance therapy, a brilliant and simple solution that helps prevent sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that causes loud snoring and difficulties sleeping.
What is Sleep Apnea?
It’s a condition that is caused by the complete or partial obstruction of your respiratory tract due to the relaxation of the muscles of the area near the throat when sleeping. When closed partially, air causes a vibration on one of the muscles, and that’s when we start to snore. Snoring is the least of the consequences, however.
More troublesome is that sleep apnea can also temporarily prevent the patient from being able to breathe. This causes them to wake up regularly, leaving them unable to get sufficient sleep. This will leave them feeling tired. This can, in turn, cause a considerable loss in quality of life. It can also be dangerous in some people because of the risk of suffocation.
Sleep apnea can be caused by several factors. Obesity is one fairly common cause because it leads to excess tissue in the mouth/throat area. Sinus problems are another contributing factor, and people over 40 are also more likely to develop it.
While sleep apnea can be difficult to live with, it is usually quite easy to treat. Come and visit us and we will be happy to help.
What is Oral Appliance Therapy?
Oral appliance therapy is a type of mouthpiece that fits easily into the mouth. It works by helping to hold the lower jaw forward when you are sleeping. This will help prevent the lower jaw from slipping back at night, and this will help prevent the airways from becoming blocked. It looks very much like a standard mouthguard, and our team will have one custom made for you for a perfect fit. It is comfortable to wear and is often preferred over other methods.
Get in touch with us, and we will have one of our experts ask you a few questions and run a brief check to gain a diagnosis. Once the diagnosis is confirmed, we can then take an impression, so we have the exact dimensions of your mouth and teeth. We can then use this impression to make an appliance that fits your mouth perfectly.
Why choose Oral Appliance Therapy?
There’re many ways to combat Snoring and Sleep Apnea, but in mild cases, the best way to do it is to go for Oral Appliance Therapy. This is mainly because of how easy and manageable it is, and that the comfort makes it easy to sleep with it in. Oral appliance therapy may not always be the best option, particularly in severe cases. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) may be necessary in some cases, but we will usually try to use oral appliance therapy where possible.
For more information about Oral Appliance Therapy, call the experienced professionals here at Jon C. Packman DDS at (704) 978-7060 today!