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How Your Dentist Can Help with Sleep Apnea Treatment

July 3, 2017
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Posted By: Smith Dental
Sleep Apnea Treatment Aloha OR

If you snore or have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, you might have come across some of the treatment options available. Fortunately, treatment options can extend your life, help you enjoy an improved quality of life, and help you feel more refreshed throughout your day.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when your throat and the tissues inside it relax, blocking your airway. This sends a danger signal to your brain, and your brain awakens you, so you do not suffocate. This can occur from dozens to hundreds of times per night, though you may not remember any of it.

Because sleep apnea disrupts the restorative sleep necessary for overall health and wellness, you can suffer from a wide range of health-related issues due to sleep apnea.

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Breathing problems
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Early death

When diagnosed, patients are typically treated using CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) delivered through a facemask while you sleep. A significant number of patients have difficulty sleeping while wearing the mask or would like an alternative that is easy for travel.

We offer sleep apnea treatment in our Aloha dental office using a small, custom-designed oral appliance. Oral appliance therapy is an approved treatment for mild to moderate OSA and can also be used in conjunction with the CPAP therapy for patients with especially severe cases of OSA.

All we need to do is take a quick impression of your teeth, observe your jaw movement, and measure how your teeth come together and then design a custom oral appliance. It works by gently guiding your jaw forward to remove the obstruction from the back of your throat, allowing the air to flow in and out more easily. 

Contact us to discuss your options for sleep apnea treatment. We look forward to welcoming you to our Aloha dental office and to helping you get a good night’s sleep.

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