Sleep Apnea Treatment By Greeley Dentist
Dental Aids for Patients with Sleep Apnea in Greeley
Sleep apnea is a serious problem, but it's one that can be treated effectively by your doctor or dentist. If you're affected by sleep apnea, our Greeley dentist, Dr. Joseph S. Thompson, treats patients with this sleep disorder. Our office and provides a dental device to help you get a good night's rest and improve your overall health.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition caused by partial or full blockage of the airway that occurs during sleep. This prevents air entering the lungs, and causes the sleeping person to wake up. This can happen dozens of times a night for someone who's severely affected, and prevents restful sleep. Lack of oxygen and sleep puts strain on the cardiovascular system and, over time, sleep apnea leads to an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.
People can develop sleep apnea for several reasons including obesity and certain kinds of head, throat, and neck shapes. People with allergies and other conditions that cause upper airway congestion also have an increased risk of developing sleep apnea.
How We Can Help Treat Sleep Apnea
If you have sleep apnea, getting prompt treatment is vital, due to the serious nature of the long-term risks and side effects. Your sleep physicians may recommend a device called a CPAP. This device is a mask, worn over the face, which is attached to an oxygen tank. When worn during sleep, the CPAP blows air into the passageways, providing a supply of oxygen and preventing the airway from closing.
While CPAP, is an effective treatment for sleep apnea, it's not suitable for everyone. Many people find it difficult to get to and opt to go without it.
Two alternatives to CPAP that Dr. Thompson recommends are the Somnident and the Tap 3 Appliance. These dental devices work by moving the lower forward, which holds the airway open and prevents blockage during sleep. To qualify for one of these devices, a patient must first undergo a sleep study as recommended by their primary care physician.
Another option is a snore guard, which is suitable for people who snore but don't have sleep apnea. This device works in a similar fashion to prevent snoring, and doesn't need a doctor's recommendation.
Contact Us about Dental Aids for Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a serious condition, but dental aids can be effective treatments for many people with sleep disorders. Contact our Greeley sleep apnea dentist to schedule an appointment, so you can start enjoying restful sleep!