At Able Dental, we understand the stress obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) places on your daily routine. We also have the knowledge to get you sleeping fully again. Obstructive sleep apnea is a common disorder that causes your airway to collapse during sleep, decreasing airflow to your lungs. This can happen several times each night, causing your brain to wake your body in order to start breathing again. Decreased oxygen and frequent awakenings can affect your health. Fortunately, it’s treatable.
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Snoring and Sleep Apnea Appliances
Snoring and sleep apnea can be corrected with the proper prescribed oral appliance. There are medical devices specifically approved for the treatment of mild to moderate sleep apnea. They work by repositioning your jaw, allowing for air to move more freely to your lungs. Dentists experienced in treating sleep apnea and snoring customize these oral appliances using a mold of your teeth to maximize fit and comfort. Please note that oral appliances might not work for you if you have pre-existing jaw pain.
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the most common therapy. CPAP keeps your airway open during the night by supplying a continuous stream of air to your lungs through a mask worn during sleep. The gentle pressure keeps your airway open, so you don’t stop breathing.
An alternative to continuous positive airway pressure therapy is an oral appliance, a medical device approved for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring. The appliance is worn over your teeth during sleep. It works by moving your lower jaw forward or preventing it from falling back during sleep to ensure a continuous air supply. You are able to reposition them yourself to achieve maximum benefit. Your Able dentist will customize an appliance using a mold of your teeth to maximize fit and comfort. Evidence suggests over-the-counter “boil-and-bite” appliances do not work on OSA and should be avoided
Sleep Apnea in Children
Sleep apnea in children can cause problems with memory, concentration and problem-solving skills, seriously affecting their school work. Children who don’t get enough sleep can develop growing problems and may have trouble achieving a healthy height to weight ratio.
If enlarged tonsils or adenoids are causing your child’s obstructive sleep apnea, surgery is often recommended. Children may also be treated with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices they can wear as they sleep.