Ivonne Castro Family Dentistry is highly knowledgeable when it comes to treating sleep apnea conditions. We take a comprehensive approach to sleep apnea treatment, and through our health-centered model, conduct a thorough diagnosis and extensive treatment plan to help our patients not only avoid the negative dental effects that come from the condition, but also regain control of their lives and overall health.
An estimated 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, with 80% of the moderate and severe cases left undiagnosed. This sleep disorder can lead to other significant issues if left untreated. There are three main types of sleep apnea:
Obstructive sleep apnea: the most common form of sleep apnea that occurs when your throat muscles relax
Central sleep apnea: this form occurs when your brain doesn’t have proper signaling to the muscles that control breathing
Complex sleep apnea syndrome: also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, this form occurs when someone is suffering from both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea
The Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Patients suffering from sleep apnea often experience the following:
-Episodes in which you stop breathing while sleeping
-Gasping for air during sleep
-Awakening with dry mouth
-Difficulty staying asleep
-Excessive daytime sleepiness
-Difficulty paying attention when awake
Treatment of Sleep Apnea
There are several options for treating sleep apnea, one of them being an oral appliance. Once Dr. Castro has properly diagnosed you with sleep apnea, a custom oral appliance is created for each patient. Utilizing a mold to form the specific shape of your teeth and mouth, these oral appliances serve as an effective treatment option for sleep apnea and snoring.
Oral appliances work by repositioning your jaw forward, enabling a larger upper airway for patients to better breath and alleviate the symptoms tied to sleep apnea. Depending on the severity of your case, a CPAP machine may be needed in addition to the oral appliance.
Oral Appliances and Sleep Apnea
Ivonne Castro Family Dentistry always recommends oral appliances for sleep apnea due to their minimally invasive nature and effectiveness. Oral appliances usually are used as a substitute for a CPAP machine or sleep apnea oral surgery. Oral appliances offer improved compliance of therapy when compared to other treatment methods. These custom appliances are also compact, portable, and discreet, offering immediate improvement for patients suffering from mild to moderate sleep apnea.
For more information regarding sleep apnea or to schedule your appointment, please contact us!