Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder that occurs during a person’s sleep when their soft tissue muscles relax enough to form a blockage in their airway. Patients will go through consistent patterns all night where they stop breathing for a moment and briefly reawaken without even knowing.
In order to stop these unwanted disruptions, doctors will initially recommend a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask. This machine-operated mask is worn at night and continuously blows pressurized air through your throat, opening up the airway enough to breathe regularly.
Although the CPAP works for many and is considered the “gold standard” for sleep apnea treatments, many patients complain about its inconvenience, loud noise, and intrusiveness.
Dr. Bell offers a variety of alternatives to CPAP for our Hallam patients’ sleep apnea and snoring. Discover oral appliances and other alleviators that can help you get through the night without any interruptions.
Oral appliances are a custom-made dental mouthpiece that is designed to clear any obstruction keeping your throat closed and preventing you from breathing. Also known as a snore guard or mandibular advancement device, these oral mouthguards have proven to find relief for patients who snore or have mild-to-moderate OSA.
There are many advantages of an oral appliance, which is why it has become the more preferred method of treatment over CPAP. Some of these benefits include:
Do you want to stop feeling drowsy every day and begin feeling energized and ready for the new day? There are various ways to alleviate your sleep apnea and snoring with simple changes to your daily routine and implementing new habits into your life.
Dr. Bell recommends these lifestyle tips that can show vast improvements in your sleep and health:
For more severe cases of sleep apnea, some patients may require surgery. Depending on your situation, some procedures that have been found to provide relief for sleep apnea patients include:
Here at York Dental Sleep Therapy, we want all our patients to find the treatment they deserve to improve their health and well-being. Live your life to the fullest again. Contact Dr. Bell today to get started on your well-deserved treatment plan towards a happier, healthier lifestyle.
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