What is Oral Appliance Therapy?
August 02, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Coming to our Madison, WI office can help improve your sleep apnea symptoms

We can all agree that sleep is very important, and when we don’t get the quality sleep we need our day suffers. And those with sleep sleep apneaapnea can’t ignore that it is linked to other serious health issues like heart disease and stroke, not to mention its ability to cause excessive daytime exhaustion and increase your chances for work-related injuries. If you are looking for a solution to your sleep apnea, talk to our Madison, WI dentist Dr. Angela Bauer Williams today.

What is sleep apnea?

While there are a few different forms of sleep apnea, the most common type tends to be obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), in which breathing periodically stops multiple times throughout the night. In some cases, someone may temporarily stop breathing over a hundred times in one night. Those with sleep apnea often snore loudly or wake up gasping or choking for air.

Why is sleep apnea dangerous?

Sleep apnea leads to extreme daytime fatigue, which can affect your work or school productivity. It can also increase your chances of injury, whether on the job or while driving. Sleep apnea is also linked to several health problems including:

  • Heart attack
  • Heart arrhythmias
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure

How can my Madison, WI dentist help?

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, we can work to determine whether oral appliance therapy could ease your symptoms and give you a better nights rest. How severe your symptoms are will determine whether this is the right therapy for you.

While CPAP devices are the most common way to treat sleep apnea, those with more mild to moderate forms of sleep apnea may be able to benefit from an oral appliance. Similar to a mouthguard, these dental devices reposition the jaw and the tongue to prevent throat muscles from collapsing into the airways. These devices are only worn at night while you sleep and each device is custom-fitted to cater to your specific needs.

Benefits include:

  • Being smaller and more comfortable to wear than a CPAP device
  • Being more convenient
  • Being easier to travel with
  • Needing less equipment
  • Being easy to care for and maintain

Sleep apnea doesn’t have to take over your life. Call Dr. Bauer today at Dental Center for Snoring & Sleep Apnea to schedule a consultation to find out if oral appliance therapy is the right option for you.