Sleep apnea is a widespread and serious problem that is potentially life-threatening. There is effective treatment available at Allen Park Dentistry.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a disorder in which the throat muscles relax during sleep, causing the airway to temporarily close and breathing to stop. This cuts off oxygen supply to the brain.
For years, the CPAP device has been the gold standard in sleep apnea treatment. A mask the blows a steady stream of air into the lungs is during sleep. CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is meant to ensure that the patient breathes continuously throughout the night, eliminating and irregular breathing patterns.
Unfortunately many people can’t stand wearing the CPAP mask. The machine itself can be loud, and the mask can be difficult to adjust to. Too many people don’t wear it, which defeats the purpose of the treatment.
An increasingly common alternative to CPAP is an oral appliance. These are worn like a mouthguard, and work by moving the lower jaw into a forward position to keep the airway open.
Oral appliance sleep apnea therapy is available at Allen Park Dental. We have customized appliances for people in Dearborn, Taylor, and Southgate, who also come to our practice for our complete family dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment today!
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