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Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep is crucial for a healthy body and a healthy life, and when that’s interrupted by something like sleep apnea, it can spell some serious trouble. Sleep apnea is a disorder where you have pauses while breathing or shallow breaths as you sleep. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, which is when your airway actually collapses or gets blocked resulting in that interference with your breathing. The effects of this sleep disorder reach much further than exhaustion during the day or loud snoring at night; sleep apnea has actually been linked to high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

You may be wondering why you would see a dentist to treat your sleep apnea. We can actually create a custom oral device as an effective treatment solution for those with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea! We’d love to help you get back to the days of restful nights, rejuvenated days, and a healthier future.

Signs of Sleep Apnea

Even though sleep apnea occurs, well, while you sleep, there are still some symptoms you can be on the look out for when you wake up and throughout the day. If you sleep with a partner, they may be able to let you know if they notice any of the following, too. Here are some of the most common signs of sleep apnea:

  • Snoring
  • Waking up abruptly with shortness of breath
  • Dry mouth or sore throat upon waking
  • Morning headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Weight gain

Are any of these ringing a bell? Don’t wait for sleep apnea to cause even more damage to your health. Contact CarolinasDentist so we can come up with a sleep apnea treatment plan for you!

Oral Appliance Therapy — Alternative to CPAP

CPAP may be the standard when it comes to treating sleep apnea, but it’s not your only option. We provide oral appliance therapy as a less-invasive alternative that’s great for those who either have mild sleep apnea or who simply can’t tolerate the CPAP.

The oral appliance is a removable mouthpiece that you put in like you would a mouthguard or retainer. It stabilizes your tongue and repositions your jaw to prevent your airway from collapse and improve airflow. Many patients prefer oral appliance therapy because it doesn’t require them to make a drastic lifestyle change.

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