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How Oral Appliance Therapy Treats Sleep Apnea

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When you have an issue like sleep apnea, this could prevent you from obtaining the rest you need to feel alert and awake the next day. Instead of suffering with poor quality of life due to bad sleep, why not talk to our team about a treatment option? At our Tampa, FL, sleep center, we can offer a CPAP alternative with oral appliance therapy.

When to Seek Treatment

What are common warning signs of a disorder like sleep apnea? At night, you may experience chronic snoring and episodes of waking suddenly gasping for air or possibly choking. During the day, you could wake with dry mouth, experience headaches and moodiness, and suffer from daytime exhaustion. You could also have issues concentrating on tasks at work or school or even issues with your memory. When you begin to experience one or more of these potential symptoms, then please reach out to our team right away. We can conduct a diagnosis and offer a solution with a comfortable oral appliance.

The Long-Term Health and Relationship Dangers

With sleep apnea, as you sleep you stop breathing multiple times as soft tissues in the throat and back of the mouth collapse and cut off airflow. This interrupts your REM sleep so you’re exhausted during the day, but this can also strain your immune system to leave you vulnerable to more frequent illness. Your snoring could prevent your significant other from resting well, as could your sudden waking choking or gasping for air. For others, long-term impacts on the cardiovascular system could lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and heart attack. Don’t let your overall health and quality of life suffer, talk to our team about a possible solution.

Treatment with an Oral Appliance

Once we complete your diagnosis, we may take detailed digital images of your mouth, which we use in a lab setting to custom-fit an oral appliance for your bite. We may adjust them later on to ensure optimal results. The device looks and fits like a mouthguard, and is worn while you sleep at night. The device then gently repositions the jaw and tongue to keep airways open and free of obstruction. You breathe without complication and feel more rested and alert the next day. The appliance is comfortable, easy to clean and store, and can travel with as needed.

If you have any questions about how we diagnose and treat sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy, then contact our team today. You deserve a good night’s rest!

Talk To Your Tampa, FL Dentist About Our CPAP Alternatives

We want you to enjoy treatment that is comfortable and effective. For more information on our comfortable and convenient treatment option, call our Tampa, FL treatment office today at (813) 640-4086.