Sleep Apnea Treatment in Coral Springs, FL
Chronic snoring, fatigue, daytime headaches… if you’re experiencing these or other symptoms related to poor sleep, you could be suffering from an exhausting condition known as sleep apnea. If you believe you are, don’t wait to seek a diagnosis and solution -- left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious effects on the sufferer, including heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. Coral Springs Dentistry offers sleep apnea treatment in Coral Springs, Parkland, Coconut Creek, Margate, Tamarac and Deerfield Beach.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. It occurs when the body is so relaxed during sleep that the lower jaw and tongue collapse into the back of the throat, blocking the proper flow of air. As the body works hard to get much-needed oxygen to the brain, the blockage results in the chronic snoring that often accompanies OSA. Sometimes an emergency “wake up” signal is sent to the brain to resume regular breathing -- and sleep apnea sufferers can actually have their sleep interrupted as many as 100 times per night. That means serious nighttime interruptions for them and their partner.
Sleep apnea is often treated with one of two methods.
- A removable oral device. This option is highly effective and works by holding the lower jaw and tongue in place during sleep. It’s small, removable and custom-fit for optimal comfort.
- A CPAP machine. The CPAP machine works by forcing air through the throat to keep the airway open during sleep.
However, a combined method can sometimes be the solution sufferers seek. A removable oral device holds the lower jaw and tongue in place, while the constant flow of air prevents any blockage at all from occurring throughout the night.
SomnoDent® Oral Appliances
Patients with mild to moderate OSA who prefer not to use the CPAP machine and can find relief with a removable oral device benefit from the SomnoDent® MAS solution. When used as directed, the SomnoDent® oral appliance has a very high success rate and offers patients the satisfaction of a full night’s sleep once again.
Adults who are interested in seeking relief through a removable oral device should seek a physician’s referral for the creation of a custom-fit removable appliance. Picture the device like the type of mouthguard athletes wear. It works by moving the lower jaw forward just a bit, tightening the soft tissues of your airway to encourage the proper flow of air during sleep. That means no snoring and the possibility of a solid eight hours of sleep for you and your partner. Schedule your appointment for a sleep consultation at Coral Springs Dentistry. When you do, we can diagnose your problem and begin creating your custom-fit appliance to have you sleeping through the night in no time!