Sleep Apnea Dental Solutions
About eighteen million people in the U.S. are believed to have sleep apnea, a serious chronic sleep disorder that causes sufferers to stop breathing while they sleep. Without treatment, sleep apnea can lead to significant health problems ranging from obesity and diabetes, to cardiovascular disease and stroke. Proper treatment can not only improve your quality of life: it may also add as many as fifteen years to your life expectancy. Dr. Radfar offers sleep apnea treatments that can help you get the restful sleep you need.
Oral appliances are becoming increasingly popular for those with obstructive sleep apnea. Oral appliances are a first-line therapy for those with mild-to-moderate sleep apnea, but can also be used for those with severe sleep apnea who cannot tolerate CPAP therapy, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Oral appliances can also be used in conjunction with CPAP therapy.
Several types of these appliances are available, but not all of these are equally effective or appropriate for use by sleep apnea sufferers.
Why to See a Dentist
The FDA has approved oral appliances for the treatment of sleep apnea only if prescribed and fitted by a qualified dentist such as Dr. Radfar. If you have not yet been tested for and diagnosed with sleep apnea, an oral appliance could actually stop the snoring but worsen your sleep apnea symptoms. An improperly fitting appliance could also cause other side effects as well, including bruxism, malocclusion, and TMJ disorder.
A well-designed and properly fitted sleep apnea oral appliance should be comfortable to wear, easy to use, and effective. Most patients adapt quickly and enjoy dramatic symptom relief.
Sleep Apnea Appliance Types
Several types of sleep apnea appliances are available. Only a specially trained dentist who has examined you to determine the size and shape of your mouth and tongue, your dental health, and other details of your case can recommend the appropriate device for you.
Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Radfar, our sleep apnea doctor.