Did you know that about 90% of people with sleep apnea haven’t been diagnosed? If you have sleep apnea, one of the only ways to officially diagnose it is to have a sleep study. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help you deal with sleep apnea—and our dentist can help.
You may likely find yourself dealing with several issues, especially since you may find yourself waking up hundreds of times every night. With sleep apnea, your tongue or other muscles in your mouth could block your airway. As you can probably guess, waking up so many times in a single night could lead to being drowsy during the day and struggling to focus on simple tasks.
Fortunately, there are many different things you can do to cope with sleep apnea. For instance, you could find that a CPAP machine is the best option for you. If you suffer from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Edward S. Brandon may recommend an oral appliance, such as the TAP® 3, OASYS appliance, Klearway™ appliance, or Herbst appliance. These appliances are considered quieter, easier to put on, easier to travel with, more comfortable, and easier to maintain than a CPAP machine.
The oral appliance works to treat obstructive sleep apnea by fitting over your teeth and keeping your airway open while you sleep. It can work by preventing the tongue from blocking the air passage or by holding your jaw in a position that prevents airway blockages during sleep. In other words, the oral appliance prevents the obstructions that tend to wake you up and causes your snoring.
Do you worry that you have sleep apnea? Would you like to learn more about how our team can help you recognize this issue? If you have questions about an oral appliance, please don’t hesitate to contact our dedicated team at 440-526-8688 to set up an appointment with Dr. Edward Brandon. We look forward to hearing from you soon!