Tired of Sleep Apnea? Your Dentist Can Help

by on November 26, 2013 in General Dentistry
Tired of Sleep Apnea? Your Dentist Can Help

According to the National Sleep Foundation, it is estimated that about 18 million people in the United States suffer from sleep apnea. They wake up tired every morning after a night of restless sleep. When they try to seek medical attention for the problem, their first thought is almost always going to see an ENT doctor. If they find no lasting solution there, they tend to give up because they think that there is no hope for a cure.

Are you one of those millions that are tired of sleep apnea?
Did you know that your dentist can help? As hard as you might find that to believe, it is true. Your dentist can help with finding a way for you to get a well deserved full night's rest – every night.

How do they help?
In restorative dentistry your apnea can be treated with oral device therapy. A small acrylic device, which is almost the same as an orthodontic retainer or a mouth guard, is fitted over your upper and lower teeth or your tongue.

The function of the device is to slightly push out your lower jaw or your tongue. This helps in widening your airway making it easier for you to breath.

What is the advantage?
A few of the advantages of this method of therapy are:

  • Price: it is a much cheaper alternative to other ways of treating sleep apnea (e.g. surgery).
  • Less Invasive: all that is needed to get the treatment is to plug device in - it is non-invasive.
  • No Pain: surgery for curing sleep apnea will come with at least a little discomfort if not outright pain. Not so when using the device.
  • Less Cumbersome: when compared to other devices like the continuous positive airway pressure (ACPAP) machine, you can rest assured that you will be able to get some unencumbered sleep – pun unintended.

Restorative Dentistry
If you are looking for a place where you can get professional advice and treatment for your sleep apnea using restorative dentistry, then you might want to look into the expert guidance from Fresh Pond Dental.

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