How Dentistry Can Treat Your Sleep Apnea

How Dentistry Can Treat Your Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a relatively common condition that makes it harder for people to breathe normally as they sleep. This can lead to poor sleep quality, plus other problematic symptoms like headaches, forgetfulness, and snoring. 

Still, though, some people who find themselves waking up gasping or dealing with other telltale symptoms of sleep apnea avoid treatment. Why? They think it would mean using a complicated continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine each night.

Fortunately, that’s not necessarily the case. With dentistry, you get another way: oral appliances. With what is essentially a mouthpiece, Dr. Aziza Askari, Dr. Emad Hajar, Dr. Fadhela Salah, Dr. Hana Gadalla, and the rest of our dentistry team can help you correct your breathing as you sleep. And we offer this sleep apnea treatment from our Livonia Family Smiles office. 

Oral appliances for sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common type of sleep apnea, occurs because the muscles in your tongue and throat relax too much while you’re asleep. This relaxation causes the muscles to physically block your airway.

CPAP machines work by keeping the throat open with a continuous flow of air. But they’re not the only option for preventing your throat tissues from blocking your breathing. 

With a customized mouthpiece, we can provide those tissues with the support they need to stay out of the way even when fully relaxed. We personalize this removable insert for you and your specific issue during sleep. We can design it to keep your tongue from relaxing back into your throat, for example. Or we can use it to slightly adjust your lower jaw forward, helping your throat tissues stay out of the way while you’re asleep. 

Finding the right oral appliance requires a specialized blend of sleep apnea and dentistry knowledge. Fortunately, our team here at Livonia Family Smiles has just that. We’re here to help you decide if this dentistry-based sleep apnea treatment is right for you. 

Benefits of this sleep apnea treatment

If an oral appliance can correct your sleep apnea, it delivers some notable benefits, especially when compared with a CPAP machine. For starters, it doesn’t require electricity or an intricate cleaning process. It’s also easy to take with you when you travel. 

If you have a bed partner, they’ll be glad to know that it’s also a silent way to treat sleep apnea. And your oral appliance can help to alleviate snoring, too. 

Don’t let sleep apnea get in the way of a good night’s rest for you or your partner. To learn if we can apply our dentistry expertise to help with your sleep apnea, call our office in Livonia, Michigan, today.

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