Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea

A lot has been said and discussed about sleep apnea and how it can affect anyone and everyone, irrespective of their age. However, certain traits can put you at a higher risk of developing this disorder. Sleep apnea occurs when your breathing stops or becomes shallow while you are asleep. The cause of sleep apnea is when your tongue or soft palate collapses into your throat, thereby restricting the airflow. This is known as obstructive sleep apnea.

Another type of sleep apnea is central sleep apnea, occurring when your brain is unable to send proper signals to the muscles that let you breathe. In some cases, both these conditions occur at the same time, known as mixed apnea.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

The most common symptom of sleep apnea includes snoring. It is caused due to obstruction in the airflow. But not everyone who snores suffers from the problem. Other symptoms of sleep apnea include dry mouth and throat, insomnia, daytime sleepiness, constant nightmares, sleep deprivation, loud breathing, lapses in breathing, and others. 

Upon experiencing these symptoms, we recommend visiting our dental clinic and getting in touch with our dentist to find the solution.

Treatment of Sleep Apnea

After consultation and proper diagnosis of your problem, we will recommend a suitable treatment to help you get rid of sleep apnea. In most cases, our dentist will give you an oral appliance to use. These appliances may vary depending upon your need. Two of the most common types of devices are tongue-retaining devices and mandibular advancement devices.

Tongue-Retaining Device

A tongue retaining device looks similar to a pacifier. It comes with a hole in the middle in which you can place your tongue. It allows for a continuous amount of airflow throughout your sleep and ensures you get rid of the problem.

Mandibular Advancement Device

Another kind of device to address sleep apnea is a mandibular advancement device. It is very commonly used with dental sleep medicine. A mandibular advancement device is a custom-made appliance. It looks similar to a mouth guard worn by the athletes during their game. It comes with upper and lower pieces that snap over each arch of your teeth. 

MAD also comes with small metal hinges on either end to keep your lower jaw in a forward position while you are asleep. The forward position keeps the airway which further prevents obstruction, thereby letting you sleep peacefully.

Please reach out to our dental practice in West Jordan, UT, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Gardois. Please call us at (801) 871-5820 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.

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