Sleep Apnea Dental Appliance in ALABAMA

Sleep Apnea Dental Appliance in ALABAMA

Does your partner’s snoring keep you up at night? Snoring at night is more than annoyance because it can indicate a serious medical problem, sleep apnea. If you or your partner wake up the next day feeling as if you’ve never gone to sleep or gasping for air, you may have sleep apnea. For this problem, our dentists at SATSUMA FAMILY DENTAL can recommend a sleep apnea dental appliance.

Types of Sleep Apnea Appliances

After receiving a diagnosis of sleep apnea, many people with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, OSA, wear a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device whenever they go to bed. However, our dentists in ALABAMA can instead help you with a dental appliance for this sleep issue.

The oral devices are good alternatives to CPAPs for mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea, especially since many people struggle using CPAP machines. An estimate of 30 to 50 percent of people with this sleep problem ends up not wearing their device because of constantly struggling to sleep with it on.

There are two main types of dental appliances that can treat sleep apnea. They are both customized to your mouth so that they fit comfortably and help you sleep better. One of them prevents the tongue from falling back and blocking your airway, while the other keeps your upper jaw, along with your tongue, in a forward position to treat it.

Our dentists at SATSUMA FAMILY DENTAL can read the report from your sleep doctor with a recommendation for the type of appliance that you need. Then, they can take the impression of your teeth to order the right appliance for you in ALABAMA.

Seeing a Sleep Specialist

Before getting a dental appliance to treat sleep apnea, you will need to see a doctor who specializes in sleep medicine. They will conduct a sleep study to find out whether you have sleep apnea and how severe it is. For people with severe cases of sleep apnea, an oral appliance may not help them, and they will need to use a CPAP or similar machine.

Getting a dental appliance is only the first step in treating sleep apnea because our dentists at SATSUMA FAMILY DENTAL in ALABAMA can adjust these devices to fit better and improve how well they allow you to sleep while combating sleep apnea.

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