Comfortable Treatment for Sleep Apnea
Your oral health is complex, and the interactions between your oral structures and the rest of your wellbeing are intricate. For example, certain circumstances involving your oral and throat tissues can lead to chronic issues that impact your quality of life, such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). When certain tissues are malformed or have a tendency to relax too much when you sleep, they can collapse into your airway and prevent you from breathing. The condition can also interrupt your sleep pattern constantly, preventing you from getting the rest that you need. Diagnosing and treating obstructive sleep apnea is often a multi-disciplined effort involving your physician, dentist, and a trained sleep expert. However, after a consultation with us, we may recommend a home sleep test to determine if you may be a candidate for sleep apnea treatment. After the results of the screening, or if you have been previously diagnosed with sleep apnea, then you may be able to treat it comfortably and conveniently with a custom-designed dental sleep appliance.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
When you suffer from sleep apnea, your breathing pattern is consistently interrupted as you sleep. Oral and throat tissues can block your airway, which causes you to snore loudly at first. At its peak, your snoring will stop as your airway becomes completely obstructed until your body is forced to wake up enough to clear the airway. After several moments, the cycle will begin again, and when left untreated, it can repeat itself hundreds of times a night. To determine if your snoring and sleep deprivation are caused by sleep apnea, your physician can recommend a specialized sleep test and observation by a sleep expert. Or, you can request a take-home sleep test from your dentist to avoid an overnight stay at a sleep lab. If you are diagnosed with OSA, then speak with us about how you can benefit from a custom-designed appliance. The appliance can help you sleep better and more soundly by supporting your jaw and oral structures to prevent your airway from becoming clogged while you sleep.
Ask About a Dental Sleep Appliance
After being diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), speak with us about how you can benefit from a custom-made dental sleep appliance. For more information, schedule an appointment by calling Dental Impressions in Ankeny, IA today at (515) 965-0230. We also welcome patients who live in Alleman, Elkhart, Bondurant, and all surrounding communities.