What are sleep apnea treatments for patients in the Spring area?
Sleep apnea is a common sleeping disorder that is characterized by the blockage of the airways. Patients with sleep apnea often wake up several times in the night due to the inability to breathe properly. When this occurs, they do not reach the optimum sleep level. This keeps them from achieving restorative sleep. Without sleep apnea treatment, patients in the Spring area may have an increased risk of medical conditions such as diabetes, heart attacks, and strokes. Treatment is essential to maintaining good overall health.
Sleep apnea treatment often incorporates a way to keep the airways open. Many physicians recommend that patients use a CPAP machine every night. CPAP, which stands for “Constant Positive Airway Pressure,” is a breathing device that is used to treat sleep apnea. It is worn by the patient over the nose while sleeping to increase air pressure for addressing obstructive sleep apnea. However, many patients find it cumbersome, uncomfortable, inconvenient, and difficult when traveling.
Instead, Dr. Dernick, of the Spring area, suggests an alternative sleep apnea treatment. Patients who have difficulty with their CPAP usage may prefer the benefits of oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy uses a mouth guard that is made to fit the patient’s mouth. It is designed to realign the jaw so the airway remains open. It holds down the patient’s tongue to keep it from falling back into the throat. This opens the airways and can improve sleep just as efficiently as a CPAP machine, though a more comfortable alternative with better compliance rates.
Patients that want an easy device to address their sleep apnea may ask Dr. Dernick about the possibility of having a specialized oral appliance made. These appliances are created with impressions of the patient’s teeth to make a custom-fitted treatment that works. The patient wears the oral appliance each night as he or she sleeps to open the airways and enjoy a good night’s rest!
If you have been using a CPAP machine for your sleep apnea treatment and are unhappy with it, contact Dr. Dernick DDS in the Spring metropolitan area to have a custom oral appliance fitted for use every night in achieving restful sleep!
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