Patients who suffer from sleep apnea know it is a potentially life-threatening disorder in which your body stops breathing while you’re asleep. The patient’s throat muscles and tongue relax and block the airway, reducing oxygen flow. Sleep apnea causes snoring, and patients may stop breathing for short periods, hundreds of times per night. This results in poor rest, daytime sleepiness, memory loss, headaches, irritability, depression and poor concentration. If left untreated, over time sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack or even sudden death.
At Moore Smiles, we can help by using oral appliance therapy for the treatment of sleep apnea and sleep related breathing disorders. An oral appliance is a device worn in the mouth while you sleep. The oral appliance fits like a sports mouth guard or orthodontic retainer. It prevents the airway from collapsing by either holding your tongue or supporting your jaw. With an oral appliance, we can minimize or eliminate the symptoms of sleep apnea in mild to moderate cases.
If you’re struggling with sleep apnea, schedule an appointment today to see if oral appliance therapy can help.