Sleep Apnea Treatment
Do you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea? Have you been suggested a custom nightguard as part of your treatment plan? You need the attention of a highly skilled dentist to custom make and fit your nightguard.
Contact our team today and book an appointment with one of our highly qualified sleep apnea dentists. With our help, you'll be back to enjoying better sleep in no time.
What is Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a serious disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. Do you snore loudly and always feel tired despite ample sleep? You may have a form of sleep apnea. Other symptoms of sleep apnea include:
There are three recognised types of sleep apnea:
Obstructive sleep apneawhere the throat muscles relax and obstruct the airways.
Central sleep apneawhen your brain and muscles that control breathing fail to communicate properly during sleep.
Complex sleep apneasyndrome is when an individual suffers from both obstructive and central sleep apnea simultaneously.
What Causes Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is most common in those with excess weight or obesity. This is due to the softening of mouth and throat tissue that goes with weight gain. Other possible causes can include:
Treatment for Sleep Apnea
Treatment for sleep apnea will depend on the type of sleep apnea you are diagnosed with. For central sleep apnea, you will likely be advised to use a sleep apnea machine (CPAP). This machine forces air into your airways as you sleep.
For obstructive sleep apnea, a custom fit night guard or occlusal splint is recommended. Custom fit mouthguards have many purposes and are made for wear during sports, to protect teeth from grinding (bruxism) and support the jaw joint against damage from excessive clenching.
In a sleep apnea setting, a night guard works by pushing the jaw and tongue forward. This keeps your airways open as you sleep. It is important to have this specialised dental mouth guard made by a qualified dentist. A standard mouth guard or split will simply cover and protect your teeth. Wearing it will not help to keep your airways open during the night.
Protect Your Teeth With A Custom Fit Nightguard
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