Oral appliance treatment for sleep apnea near Chagrin Falls, OH
Many people have heard of sleep apnea but are unaware of what it is or just how common it is and how destructive it can be to both the quality of your sleep and your overall health. At Snoring and CPAP Solutions near Chagrin Falls, OH, we help patients learn more about sleep apnea and offer effective oral appliance treatment for the condition.
Sleep apnea explained
In obstructive sleep apnea, your airway becomes obstructed—often by the tissues in your mouth and throat—while you sleep, which disrupts your natural breathing pattern. This causes oxygen levels in your brain and body to plummet, which is very unhealthy. As a result, your brain tells your body to startle awake, at which point you gasp and take a breath again, but you may have a hard time falling back asleep. This cycle can repeat hundreds of times per night. Aside from affecting the quality of your sleep, which can contribute to daytime sleepiness, fatigue, and reduced productivity, sleep apnea has been linked to a variety of serious, and potentially deadly, health conditions such as:
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
- High cholesterol
- Weakened immune system
- Memory loss
- Mood disorders, such as depression and irritability
How oral appliance treatment works
For many years, CPAP machines were the mainstay in sleep apnea therapy. However, oral appliance therapy has revolutionized sleep apnea treatment. It simply involves placing a custom-designed, comfortable device in your mouth at night while you sleep, where it stabilizes your oral structures and prevents your tissues from closing your airway. This results in the ability to breathe normally throughout the night, and in turn, a reduction in your sleep apnea symptoms and negative health impacts.
During the first few days of using your oral appliance, you may feel some muscle soreness, but this typically dissipates within a week or two. Most patients find their oral devices to be very comfortable, and even better, they are very safe and effective. Over 100 oral appliances have been cleared by the FDA for sleep apnea.
Stop snoring and start sleeping better
If you think you might be suffering from sleep apnea, the sooner you seek diagnosis and treatment, the better. To learn more about oral appliance treatment, call Snoring and CPAP Solutions near Chagrin Falls today at (440) 833-6008.