Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep Apnea Treatment in Oro Valley, AZ
If left untreated, sleep apnea can severely affect your health. Call us at 520-297-2227 for effective sleep apnea treatment in Oro Valley, AZ.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a fairly common condition that deprives a person’s body of oxygen during sleep. It occurs whenever the soft tissue in the throat collapses, causing the tongue to obstruct the path of air. Common symptoms of this condition include:
- Dry mouth after waking up
- Sudden awakenings
- Night sweats
Many studies link OSA to conditions such as heart disease, mood disorders, stroke, and high blood pressure. Oro Valley Dental Group, AZ, offers a sleep apnea treatment that can alleviate OSA’s effects and counteract these potential health problems.
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Sleep Apnea Mouthpieces
Severe OSA cases require continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices or even surgery, but we can treat mild to moderate forms with the help of oral appliances.
Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD)
A majority of sleep apnea mouthpieces come in the form of MADs. This type of mouthguard increases the upper airway’s size to minimize the air resistance that causes snoring and OSA.
Some MADs allow users to change the degree to which their jaw is moved forward. With a wide range of precise adjustments, these devices can ensure maximum effectiveness and comfort.
Tongue Retaining Device
Tongue retaining devices take the front section of the tongue, pull it forward, and prevent it from blocking the back of the throat. Most of these implements use suction to keep the tongue in place.
Benefits of Mouthpieces
Through habitual use and regular appointments with the doctor, a patient may experience better sleep as early as the first night of use of a mouthpiece. This sleep apnea treatment has less obvious beneficial qualities as well:
- Convenient: Some patients may prefer mouthpieces because they are easier to use than CPAP machines. In most cases, patients can require a couple of weeks before fully getting used to sleeping with these devices.
- Portable: If a patient is a frequent traveler, CPAP machines might be too bulky to fit in luggage. Conversely, sleep apnea mouthpieces are lightweight and compact, so they are easy to take along.
- Energy-Saving: Mouthpieces are cheaper and easier to use because they don’t need electricity to function.
- Discreet: Most mouthpieces are not visible if the mouth is closed, and that may prove beneficial for those with bed partners.
To find out which sleep apnea dental appliance works best for you, contact us to book an appointment.
If your medical doctor recommends using an oral device for your sleep apnea, we can begin the sleep apnea treatment in Oro Valley, AZ. We start by taking an impression of your teeth and creating a model of your teeth made from plaster. Our sleep apnea dentist will then design an oral device that perfectly fits your mouth.
After you receive your implementation, your doctor will likely request a sleep study to determine the implementation’s effectiveness.
Our experts at Oro Valley Dental Group, AZ, will work in tandem with your medical doctor to ensure that you get the best restorative treatment possible. Give us a call today at 520-297-2227 or fill out our contact form so we can discuss your options.