Sleep apnea is a severe disorder that can take over your life. You struggle to breathe, so you struggle to sleep. Since you don’t get enough healthy rest, you feel tired throughout your day. You may be irritable with others, and if you also snore loudly all night long, it also takes a toll on your bed partner’s rest.
Many patients diagnosed with sleep apnea use a CPAP mask to help keep their airway open. But there may be an easier way for you; your sleep apnea dentist in Ellicott City, MD may be able to provide relief with a small customized dental appliance.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea or OSA is a serious sleep-related breathing disorder. When you lay down to sleep, your tongue and the muscles at the back of your throat relax. If you have sleep apnea, this restricts your airflow and makes it difficult or impossible to breathe.
Because your body’s starved of oxygen, it forces you to wake up and breathe. When you do, you may make a loud gasping or snorting sound. These episodes can last as long as a minute and may occur hundreds of times a night.
How Can My Dentist Help with Sleep Apnea?
Until recently, the standard of care for OSA has been a CPAP machine and mask. Pressurized air forces the airway to remain open so patients can breathe freely. But many patients don’t use their CPAP machine because it’s loud, and the mask feels bulky and restrictive.
The alternative is a small oral appliance that your sleep apnea dentist in Ellicott City, MD customizes to fit comfortably over your upper and lower teeth. The device positions your jaw slightly forward, which helps prevents your airway from closing. You’ll breathe easier and finally get a restful night’s sleep.
Call Us about Sleep Apnea Treatment
If your partner is tired of sleeping on the sofa because of your snoring, and you’d like to reclaim restful sleep, call MD Smiles. Dr. Jennifer Sokolosky will be happy to work with your physician to see if a customized splint is the right treatment for you.
Call our Ellicott City, MD dental office to schedule an appointment to get started.