A good night’s sleep is important for a healthy mind and body. However, people with a sleeping disorder called sleep apnea are not able to sleep well at night because of breathing lapses for seconds or minutes at a time during sleep. This means that the body receives less oxygen while sleeping, resulting in frequent night awakenings and reduced mental alertness the next day. Other symptoms of sleep apnea include irritability, poor work performance, and the unexplained feeling of fatigue during waking hours.
How Can A Dentist Help With Sleep Apnea?
At Aesthetic Dentistry of Collierville, we want to help patients in and around Collierville, TN with sleep apnea. We have teamed up with Mid-South Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center, an institution that specializes in the treatment of sleep apnea, to treat patients diagnosed with sleeping disorders and patients who are not compliant with sleep apnea treatment that involves a device known as Constant Positive Air Pressure (CPAP). It is our mission to help you get a good night’s rest and wake up feeling great physically the next day.
Oral appliance treatment is often the first step in dealing with mild to moderate sleep apnea. This appliance treats both obstructive sleep apnea and snoring, and is very similar to sports mouth guards and orthodontic retainers. The purpose of wearing an oral appliance is to maintain the free flow of oxygen while the patient sleeps. Here are the several ways in which the appliance works:
- It re-positions the lower jaw, soft palate, tongue, and uvula.
- It stabilizes both the lower jaw and the tongue.
- It increases the tongue’s muscle tone.
We Specialize In Treating Sleep Apnea
Our practice is well-trained and experienced in oral appliance therapy for the treatment of sleep apnea. We carefully select, design, and fit the oral appliance that best suits the unique needs of every patient. These appliances must be worn during sleep, and are adjustable and custom designed. Presently, there are about 40 oral appliances approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the effective treatment of sleep apnea and snoring. The appliance may be used independently, or in combination with other treatment alternatives, depending on the patient’s needs. The other alternatives for the treatment of sleep apnea include weight management, surgery, and CPAP.
What Should You Expect From Sleep Apnea Treatment?
Our very own Dr. Alan Blanton will collaborate with various doctors, to plan and design your treatment effectively. He will work hand in hand with your sleep physician, family dentist and primary care specialist to ensure that you receive proper and complete care and treatment for sleep apnea.
Oral appliance therapy usually takes from several weeks to months to complete, depending on every patient’s case. After the treatment, Dr. Blanton will continue to monitor your condition and assess your response to treatment. We will do everything to make sure that you are able to manage your sleep apnea and are in good physical health.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that reduces one’s oxygen intake during sleep. It affects various aspects of a person’s life as it limits one’s true potential because of poor mental and physical alertness. If you think you have this disorder, seek help from specialists who have effectively treated numerous patients with sleep apnea. We, at Aesthetic Dentistry of Collierville and Mid-South Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center, can help you. Call us today at (901) 853-8116!