What is Sleep Apnea?
How your dentist can treat your sleep apnea symptoms
If you have sleep apnea, you are not alone. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 18 to 20 million adults are diagnosed with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea results from the tissue at the back of your throat relaxing and blocking your airway.
The sudden loss of oxygen can occur several times each night, resulting in sleepiness during the day, lack of ability to concentrate, and other issues. Dr. Thomas Fitzgerald wants you to know that sleep apnea has been linked to health problems including:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Memory impairment
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
Many people with sleep apnea use a Continuous Positive Air Pressure machine known as a CPAP. The CPAP works by supplying a continuous flow of air through your nose and mouth. Some CPAP users encounter problems with the device because it is uncomfortable to wear, it can cause sinus problems and they don’t like how it feels. Issues with the CPAP can cause people to stop using it.
Dr. Thomas Fitzgerald want to help you investigate another type of sleep apnea treatment. It’s called an Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance. The appliance is custom-made to fit comfortably, allowing you to sleep well. It works by moving your lower jaw and tongue forward, creating an open airway while you sleep. The Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance allows you to sleep deeply, without interruption during the night.
There are many advantages of the oral appliance when compared to the CPAP. People like the oral appliance because it is:
- Convenient; you simply put it in your mouth and take it out
- Comfortable; it fits easily in your mouth, not over your face
- Portable; it’s small enough to take with you
- Easy to maintain; you simply clean one appliance, not separate parts
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and are frustrated with the CPAP, don’t discontinue treatment. Instead, try the Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance, the innovative way to treat sleep apnea.
For more information on Sleep Apnea in Saint Louis, MO
Call Thomas Fitzgerald, DDS at (314) 843-0500 today!