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Sleep Apnea and Snoring Treatment
Sleep apnea is the condition in which breathing pauses repeatedly during the night, causing debilitating effects due to lack of proper sleep. Sleep apnea has been linked to a series of serious heart-related conditions inluding heart disease, stroke, heart attacks, and high blood pressure. It can also affect type 2 diabetes, weight gain, acid reflex, and contribute to depression issues.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends dental devices for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea who are not appropriate candidates for CPAP therapy (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure).
CPAP treatment (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) has been the standard of treatment for sleep apnea until recently. It is still the gold standard of treatment for severe sleep apnea, but for mild to moderate sleep apnea the American Academy of Sleep Medicine also recommends oral appliances as the front line of treatment. We use Oral Appliance Therapy to treat mild to moderate Sleep Apnea cases and to treat snoring.
Oral Appliance therapy is a viable alternative to CPAP Therapy for many patients.
Many sleep apnea sufferers find it difficult to use a CPAP machine. Oral Appliances are a great alternative.
With CPAP or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure the sleep apnea sufferer has to wear a mask at night over the nose, or sometimes nose and mouth. A steady stream of air is pumped by the CPAP machine into the airway, keeping it open and allowing a good night’s rest.
However, a good quantity of sleep apnea sufferers are either intolerant to the CPAP or find it difficult to keep using. Studies report a high non-adherence to CPAP therapy – some as high as 83%. Typical issues include; difficulty wearing the tight mask, too much perspiration, skin conditions that result from wearing the mask or just the discomfort of dealing with constant air being blown in through the nose.
Oral Appliance Therapy consists of wearing a nightguard-like device that is comfortable and easy to wear. Depending on the study, compliance rates are between 77% and 95% with a very high effectiveness for mild to moderate sleep apnea and moderate effectiveness for severe sleep apnea.
Effectively handle your snoring!
Snoring is the sound of air passing through obstructed airways during sleep. When the soft tissues at the back of the throat fall against it, they vibrate and cause the sound of snoring. Snoring can be a precursor to Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Oral appliances, similar to a nightguard can be prescribed by Dr. Froeber to keep your airway open and allow you a restful and silent night’s sleep.
Froeber Dentistry offers Home Sleep Studies which can be completed in the privacy and comfort of your own home. These studies are extremely helpful in assisting with diagnosing snoring and or sleep apnea conditions for patients.
Your first step is a consultation with Dr. Froeber where she will explain the treatment and answer any questions.
Contact our office today for a Complimentary Sleep Apnea Consultation at 612-379-2428.