Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea in which a person’s airway becomes obstructed by relaxed throat muscles. The blocked airway causes a person to repeatedly stop breathing throughout their sleep cycle. Primarily, dental devices are most effective with this type of sleep apnea. At Patrick Toms DMD, we have several that are accepted by Medicare.
While anyone can develop obstructed sleep apnea, it most commonly affects middle-aged and older adults as well as individuals who are overweight. Often, these symptoms are noticed by witnesses; it is not uncommon for someone with sleep apnea to be unaware of their breathing patterns, although they may experience fatigue, sleepiness, delayed reaction times and even vision problems all of which commonly result from routine interruptions to their sleep.
Treatments of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Patrick Toms DMD understands the complexities of sleep apnea and has received specialized training to assist patients who are dealing with this sleep disorder.
An oral appliance for sleep apnea is the best way to treat obstructive sleep apnea. These dental devices work by moving a person’s jaw forward during sleep and keeping the airway open. Oral appliances are custom-fit to a patient’s mouth and are comfortably worn when a person sleeps.
Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Excessive sleepiness during the day
- Loud, disruptive snoring
- Breathing cessation during sleep
- Waking up abruptly and experiencing shortness of breath
- Morning headaches
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Uncontrollable high blood pressure
If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, please contact us to set up a consultation for an oral appliance that can treat this sleeping disorder comfortably and without costly medications, therapies or surgeries.