Treat Sleep Apnea With an Oral Appliance
Ditch the CPAP!
Do you have trouble sleeping or notice that you wake up gasping for air? If this sounds like you, you may be suffering from a sleep disorder called sleep apnea.
Other common symptoms include:
- Weight gain
- Lack of awareness
- Dry mouth
- Loud snoring
- Mood swings
This disorder can affect the amount of oxygen that goes to your brain and the rest of your body. If sleep apnea goes untreated, it can create serious health issues like diabetes, stroke, or heart failure.
If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or believe you may have sleep apnea, there is no better time to consult with a sleep dentist.
Sleep Apnea & Snoring Treatment Options
Our sleep specialist, Dr. Hamersky, is an expert in the field of sleep medicine and is ready to discuss the right treatment plan for you.
A CPAP device, also known as a continuous positive airway pressure system, involves a mask and tubes that are placed over your face during sleep to ensure a consistent flow of oxygen to your lungs. Even though a CPAP is a common form of treatment, many patients deal with the following symptoms:
- Nose and throat irritation
- Lack of sleep due to limited mobility
- An increased risk of sinus infection
- Skin irritation around mask placement
- CPAP intolerance
- Airway dryness
- Smothering sensation
Oral Appliance Therapy
Patients who begin with CPAP are pleased to switch over to oral appliance therapy. This option consists of a non-intrusive mouthguard that separates the top and bottom jaw to promote healthy breathing and sound sleep throughout the night.
Oral appliance users do not suffer from the same symptoms as CPAP users and generally have little to no time adjusting to this type of treatment.
Sleep Apnea Treatment in Aurora, Colorado
At Panorama Dental, we refer our sleep apnea patients to Denver Sleeps, a local network of sleep specialists.