Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is a common sleep breathing disorder that affects millions of people of all ages. Marked by increasingly loud snoring, OSA describes a condition in which your airway is repeatedly blocked by mouth and throat tissues as you sleep. Snoring grows louder as the obstruction blocks more of your airway, until the blockage is complete and stops you from breathing. Sleep apnea episodes can repeat themselves hundreds of times in a single night. Though you may not notice the interruptions to your sleep cycle, they can deprive you of reaching deep enough levels of sleep to rest properly.
Oral Appliances vs. CPAP
For many patients diagnosed with sleep disorders, the prescribed solution is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. The machine provides a gentle stream of air through a mask to help keep the airway open, preventing the blockage that stops you from breathing. For a more comfortable solution, however, your dentist may offer a custom-designed oral appliance, or nightguard, that supports your jaw in a way that stops tissues from collapsing into the airway. As a more convenient alternative to CPAP, a sleep appliance can help you finally receive the rest you deserve without having to wear a mask.
Ask Your Dentist About Sleep Apnea Treatment
Untreated sleep disorders can impact nearly every aspect of your life. With appropriate treatment, however, you can finally sleep peacefully, without a cumbersome CPAP machine. To learn more about personalized sleep apnea treatment, schedule an appointment by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-897-4288.