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Oral Appliance Therapy and Sleep Apnea

What is Sleep Apnea?

sleep apneaSleep Apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times. This means the brain, and the rest of the body, may not get enough oxygen and could potentially be fatal.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): the most common form of sleep apnea, is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep. Dr. Anthony Caramico can correct or improve this condition with the use of an oral appliance that prevents your airway from being blocked.

Sleep apnea has also been shown to be a cause of Bruxism, or tooth grinding. This can be a major concern if you are waking up with a sore or tender jaw, sensitive teeth, or have shooting pains in your neck of headaches, you could be suffering from sleep apnea and the associated tooth grinding.

Oral Appliance Therapy

oral-appliance-therapyOral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). A custom-fit-oral sleep appliance can improve your sleep, restore your alertness and revitalize your health. Here are some tips to get you started with this life-changing treatment.

Worn only during sleep, an oral appliance fits like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer. It supports the jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway. Research shows that oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

Advantages of an Oral Appliance

Oral appliance therapy is an effective, non-invasive treatment that fits easily into your lifestyle. Patients like oral appliance therapy because it is:

  • Comfortable
  • Easy to wear
  • Quiet
  • Portable
  • Convenient for travel
  • Easy to care for

How a Dentist Can Help: The First Visit

Dr. Caramico works closely with physicians to treat snoring and sleep apnea, as well as working directly with patients suffering from tooth grinding. At your first visit, we will talk to you about the benefits of treatment. You will receive information on the potential side effectiveness. You will also learn how to clean the oral appliance and maintain it. After this fitting, your sleep doctor may schedule your for a sleep study to verify treatment success.

Leaving with Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea or Snoring

Treating snoring or obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy can help you feel like new person. You will find that your symptoms, and your quality of life, can improve dramatically when you remain committed to your treatment and use it nightly. It is likely that you will sleep better, have more energy, and feel sharper throughout the day. You may find that your bed partner begins to sleep better, too!

Treating sleep apnea promotes a healthier heart, body, and mind. With Dr. Caramico and the team at Midland Park Family Dentistry, you can improve your sleep and your health!

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