Sleep apnea is a serious condition that’s more common than one might think. It’s characterized by periods during sleep where a person’s breathing stops. The most common causes of sleep apnea are due to a person’s airway getting blocked.
At Spring Dental Arts in Spring, Texas, we realize that there are many treatments possible for sleep apnea, with some being more invasive than others. Dental appliances for sleep apnea are one of the best options that can be tried to treat patients suffering from the condition.
Sleep apnea is divided into central and peripheral. Central sleep apnea is when a person stops breathing because the brain stops sending impulses to respiratory muscles. Normally, these impulses make respiratory muscle contract, which leads to inspiration followed by expiration.
At Spring Dental Arts, we see very few cases that can central sleep apnea. Peripheral sleep apnea is much more common. As we mentioned earlier, in peripheral sleep apnea, a person’s breathing can stop because their airway gets blocked.
Dental appliances can be used to keep the airway open during sleep. By wearing a sleep apnea dental appliance in your sleep, the appliance will keep your jaw positioned forward and slightly downward. In this position, your airway should stay open and won’t shut because something is holding it.
These dental appliances are mostly used in mild cases of sleep apnea. More severe cases might require more effective machines like CPAP. CPAP stands for continuous positive air pressure and is a machine that’s used for severe cases, but most people find it uncomfortable and hard to use.
At Spring Dental Arts, we can fit you with a dental appliance. They’re not readymade, or they would be very uncomfortable. We take measurements of your mouth and teeth to make your appliance. This ensures a great fit so that it doesn’t bother you when you go to bed.
Dental appliances are easy to take with you wherever you go and are cheaper than CPAP machines. Using them might be strange at first, but you’ll get used to your appliance in no time.