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Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that occurs when a person's breathing is interrupted during sleep. If untreated, sufferers can stop breathing repeatedly, sometimes hundreds of times a night. This means they feel tired, even after a full night of sleep, and it can lead to hypertension, high blood pressure and heart problems.
If your condition falls between mild and moderate, you may want to consider dental sleep apnea treatment. Rather than using a CPAP device, which is a mask that fits over your face as you sleep, dental sleep apnea treatment involves a small dental device you pop into your mouth at bedtime.
There are two different devices available. The first is a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) or SomnoMed®. It fits over your upper and lower teeth and advances your jaw forward so the lower teeth end up in front of the upper teeth to prevent soft tissues from collapsing and obstructing your airway.
The second type of device is a tongue retaining mouthpiece. They’re similar to MADs, but they also hold your tongue forward. As a result, they prevent both your soft tissues and your tongue from obstructing your airway, helping you to breathe easier as you sleep.
Sleep apnea can range from mildly irritating to majorly distressing. Although you may appear to have had a full night's sleep, sleep apnea can result in you waking several times during the night. This means you're not achieving refreshing REM sleep, so you’re exhausted during the day.
Plus, if you share a bed, you may find your partner’s sleep is also disturbed, which can put major strain on a relationship.
Pursuing sleep apnea treatment will help you sleep better, which will let you – and your partner – feel more rested and enjoy life more.
Our experienced orthodontists work with reputable and experienced sleep doctors and surgeons in the area. Together, we offer a range of treatments from jaw expansions in growing children with sleep apnea to mandibular advancement splints and jaw surgery planning in adults with sleep apnea.