How Can My Dentist Help Me With Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
If you feel as though you are not getting enough sleep every night, even if you’re spending sufficient time in bed, you may be unaware that you are competing against a condition known as obstructive sleep apnea. This sleep disorder, sometimes referred to as OSA, can cause you to cease breathing hundreds of times in one night. This results in insufficient rest to feel energized and focused the following day. Dr. Ania Mohelicki and her team in Boulder, CO, can help you find a reliable and comfortable solution to OSA with sleep apnea dental appliances.
What Is Used To Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Sleep-disordered Breathing?
Most patients who get a diagnosis of OSA will often be told by their primary care physician to use a device called a CPAP machine. This machine is used to keep the airways open throughout the night. However, the mask and machine could be more convenient and comfortable for many individuals, resulting in better treatment compliance. Instead, Dr. Ania Mohelicki may suggest the use of a dental appliance.
How Dental Appliances Work for Treating OSA
Dental appliances are specialized oral devices that fit over the teeth and keep them slightly separated. This creates more space in the airways, so they don’t collapse while sleeping, allowing for better oxygen intake throughout the night. Unlike CPAP machines, dental appliances are small, lightweight, and more comfortable to wear.
Benefits of Using Dental Appliances for OSA
When worn every night during sleep, patients can expect to see improved symptoms as soon as the first week of use. Common benefits include:
- Improved energy levels throughout the day
- Improved mental clarity and focus
- Reduced snoring
- Fewer episodes of daytime sleepiness and fatigue
Am I a Good Candidate for Oral Appliance Therapy?
If you struggle with using a CPAP machine and are looking for an alternative treatment for OSA or other sleep-disordered breathing conditions, connect with Dr. Ania Mohelicki of Boulder, CO to discuss whether or not you are a proper candidate for oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea. Her office can be reached by calling 303-872-9940 to request a visit.