Oral appliances are one of the treatment options available for treating sleep apnea and we offer custom appliances here at Preston Sherry Dental Associates. The FDA has approved dentist-designed appliances and snore guards for the treatment of this condition and they are very effective in relieving many of the symptoms and risks associated with sleep apnea. Although many of the oral devices look similar to mouth guards you can buy in at a store, those snore guards are not approved by the FDA for this treatment as they are not designed specifically for the patient.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, an estimated 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. The word "apnea" is a Greek word that means "without breath," which is exactly what happens to those who suffer from this condition. Throughout the night, a person with sleep apnea may stop breathing hundreds of times, putting them at risk for health issues such as high blood pressure, stroke, sleep deprivation and other major problems. As part of our dental care services, our dental practice in Dallas offers sleep apnea solutions for our patients to help them overcome this critical condition.
Sleep apnea has different types, including obstruction, central and mixed, with obstructive being the most common. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when something causes an obstruction in the airway, creating a blockage. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain stops signaling the body to breath, while mixed is a combination of central and obstructive.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms and Causes
One of the most noticeable symptoms of sleep apnea is loud snoring, which can cause sleep disturbances for those around the person suffering from the disorder as well. Other symptoms are waking tired, with a headache or a dry mouth. Since obstructive sleep apnea or mixed are the most common types, treatments revolve around reducing the possibility of obstruction in the back of the mouth and throat.
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or think you may suffer from the condition, contact Preston Sherry Dental Associates today for a consultation and talk to one of our dentists about sleep apnea treatment options.