Do You Have Sleep Apnea? Here Are 4 Ways That We Can Help!

Sleep apnea is a condition where a person’s breathing patterns are paused in the midst of sleeping. When that pause occurs, the person is signaled to wake up by his/her brain, leaving him/her tired and cranky for the day to come. As a result, daytime fatigue often contributes to depression, lack of drive, and even sometimes diabetes.

Not many people know that dentists can assist with sleep apnea patients. Though we cannot diagnose a person with the condition, we can provide easy-to-use and non-intrusive methods to get you back to sleep in no time.

Why CPAP Can Be A Drag

If you have ever used a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine, then you know full well how much of a burden it can be. Some disadvantages of a CPAP include:

  • Dry throat
  • Disruption of sleep for you and your partner
  • Skin lacerations
  • Complicated wires

It is no secret how clunky and unwieldy these machines are. The point of dealing with sleep apnea is to help the patient to sleep again. However, believe it or not, a CPAP can actually prevent sleep and leave the owner even more tired and strung out than before.

At Sulens Dental Studio, we can help manage your sleep apnea without the drawbacks of traditional treatments. These methods have been in practice and proven for years. If you know you have sleep apnea, these dental appliances can have you sleeping like normal without noisy and invasive equipment in no time.

Herbst Appliance

Unlike fixed herbst appliances, we use a removable herbst that corrects mouth formation when you sleep. The Metz herbst allows your tongue to naturally position itself in order to free up the air pathway. With your tongue in a natural position, your airways are free from blockage.

TAP Appliance

Similar to an herbst appliance, the TAP system positions your jaw so that air can flow freely. Also, the midline tension mechanism allows you to adjust the device while it is in your mouth.

Silent Nite Snore Appliance

This device is used specifically for patients who snore. Using S-shaped connectors, the device moves the lower jaw forward and allows for small movements of the jaw. Allowing small movements simulates normal sleep, so it is less likely that you will suddenly wake up due to obstruction.

EMA

An elastic mandibular advancement (EMA) is durable, and it allows you to find the best elastic strips that fit the structure of your mouth. The benefit of an EMA is the customization.

Fast and Easy

It takes about one to two weeks to receive your oral appliance. First, you will come in to take a mold of your mouth. This first visit is brief and pain free.

Next, we will send the details into the lab for a precise device that works. Once it is ready, you will come into our office to test the fit and feel of your new appliance.

Schedule An Appointment

In no time at all, we can have you on your way to fixing your sleep apnea. Any questions or concerns can be answered for you by our knowledgeable team. We are here to give you the best possible care around. Call in today and begin your road to better sleep and a better life.

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