Obstructive sleep apnea (also known as OSA) takes place when the tissues in a patient’s throat regularly block their airway as they rest at night. This causes the brain to send an emergency signal that forces the patient to wake up and correct the problem so that the proper oxygen levels are restored. While these interruptions may be quick and not remembered in the morning, they can result in deeply fractured sleep, loud snoring, chronic exhaustion, morning headaches, and other unpleasant symptoms that can threaten your overall quality of life. Thankfully, the Pierson Dental team can help here in Sicklerville, NJ! Please contact us today to schedule your first consultation with Dr. Melvin Pierson.
How Can A Dentist Treat My Sleep Apnea?
Traditionally, a CPAP machine is the treatment of choice for sleep apnea, which forces air down the throat throughout the night. However, many patients quickly discover that they are intolerant to the sensations and sounds of the CPAP machine and decide to forgo using it at all. In this case, a customized oral appliance from Dr. Pierson can provide the effective therapy you need. These “snoreguards” are designed with your unique mouth in mind for optimal comfort, and they slightly reposition the lower jaw and/or tongue to ensure that the airway stays unblocked. The benefits of choosing oral appliance therapy include the following:
- The device is very convenient to travel with
- There are no loud noises to sleep through or uncomfortable headgear to wear
- It doesn’t limit the positions you can sleep in
- You can speak and drink normally while wearing it
- You won’t have to constantly replace parts of it over time to ensure optimal function