Sleep apnea is a common, but serious sleep disorder that occurs when regular breathing is interrupted during sleep. The most common form of this disorder, obstructive sleep apnea, occurs when the soft tissues of the throat collapse during sleep. At Balmir-Thevenin & Associates, DDS, your provider 33176 sleep apnea treatment, your dentist can provide you with an oral appliance to help keep the throat open while you sleep.
To diagnose sleep apnea, you will need to visit your health care provider for a sleep study. Your doctor may observe loud snoring, cessation of breathing, abrupt awakenings and gasping for breath. Because sleep apnea interrupts your sleep cycle, you may experience daytime symptoms, such as fatigue, difficulty concentrating and headaches. Men who are over the age of forty and overweight are at an increased risk for developing obstructive sleep apnea. A patient with a large tongue or tonsils, a small jaw or allergies is also more at risk for sleep apnea. Your 33176 sleep apnea dentist will carefully check your mouth, neck and throat and ask a series of questions about your symptoms. Studies indicate that oral appliance therapy is an effective approach to treating mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. This method of treatment can be used on its own, or in conjunction with other forms of treatment, such as a CPAP machine, which supplies air through the nasal passage to keep the airway open. Your oral appliance is custom designed to fit comfortably, and is portable and easy to clean. The appliance is worn over the teeth, similarly to a retainer. It shifts and supports the jaw to prevent airway collapse.
At Balmir-Thevenin & Associates, DDS, your 33176 sleep apnea dentist, we use state-of-the art technology and treatment methods to provide you with relief from the symptoms of sleep apnea. Our goal is to help you get a good night’s sleep and improve your quality of life. To learn more about our services, call today.