Solutions for Sleep Apnea - How Can a Dentist Treat Sleep Apnea?
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Solutions for Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea is a medical disorder that can have a big impact on all aspects of your life. Sleep apnea causes you to pause breathing, or have a lowered level of breathing while you sleep. You may not know when it is happening but the next morning you will feel significantly more tired. Patients also report a decline in memory and increase in irritability. While it may seem that sleep apnea is a disorder related to your nose and throat, it can actually be treated by your Vernon Hills dentist.

How Can a Dentist Treat My Sleep Apnea?

A Custom Dental Oral Appliance can help relieve your sleep apnea symptoms. The device is an acrylic appliance that can worn inside the mouth and is very similar to a mouth guard. There is another version of the CDA that fit outside the mouth to reposition the jaw.

The oral appliance is a great alternative to a Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure (CPAP) device which can be very uncomfortable and loud. The oral appliance is best used for those who have mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. It is also more compact and portable than a traditional CPAP machine. Dr. Amit Kumar, your Vernon Hills dentist can discuss the best option for you.

What Can I Expect with Sleep Apnea Treatment?

When you begin using your oral appliance will shift your jaw forward to increase the opening of the airway. The open airway allows you to breathe more easily at night and increase your breathing levels. When you are breathing easier at night you will feel more well rested, experience improved memory and be less irritable.While some patients experience slight shifting of teeth, Dr. Kumar, a Vernon Hills dentist is experienced at delivering a comfortable and beneficial device to improve your sleep.

Contact Smile More Today to discuss your custom dental oral appliance to alleviate your sleep apnea.