Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea Appliances Make Breathing Easier

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 26% of American adults suffer from sleep apnea. With sleep apnea, your breathing stops and starts repeatedly while you’re sleeping. The most common cause is an airway obstruction. These episodes can move you from deep sleep to shallow sleep, or even wake you up. As a result, you suffer from chronic sleep deprivation.

Over time, sleep apnea can cause or worsen diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and heart arrhythmias. People with sleep apnea are often exhausted no matter how much time they spend in bed. They’re at a higher risk for impaired driving and car crashes. In some cases, sleep apnea can be fatal. Doctors usually prescribe either a CPAP machine or an oral appliance to treat sleep apnea.

Benefits of Oral Appliances

While CPAP machines are a standard treatment for sleep apnea, many people find them irritating and intolerable. The masks can make it difficult to fall asleep, the machines are noisy, and if you travel a lot, they can be difficult to take with you. Some people stop using the CPAP machines because of the inconvenience. Since untreated sleep apnea is such a health risk, they need a better option.

Oral appliances treat sleep apnea by repositioning your mouth, tongue, and jaw to keep your airway open all night. They’re silent, more comfortable than a mask, and easy to travel with. They also eliminate the need for an electrical outlet near the bed, so they’re a better choice for people who enjoy camping or live in older homes with few outlets.

If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea and can’t tolerate a CPAP machine, your medical insurance may cover the cost of an oral appliance. Dr. Teresa Salem uses imaging to analyze your mouth, jaw, and airways. She can design a custom sleep apnea appliance that will restore your breathing and your overall health.

The health damage from untreated sleep apnea adds up over time. Call (781) 995-3334 and make an appointment at our Holbrook, MA dental office today so that Dr. Salem can help you treat your sleep apnea.