Does your family complain about your snoring? Do you feel like you’re not getting the sleep that you need? Do you ever wake up choking or gasping for air? For many residents in West Jordan, UT who are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, these are symptoms they battle with every night. If you are one of these people, we invite you to reach out to us to learn more about how an oral appliance might be able to help you.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Put simply, obstructive sleep apnea is a condition where airflow to your lungs is blocked during sleep when the muscles around the tongue and throat relax. Some sleep apnea sufferers turn to surgery or a CPAP machine for relief, but not everyone wants, or can tolerate, invasive surgery, and many people find that a CPAP machine can lead to the following side effects:
- Dry mouth
- Nasal irritation
- Chest muscle discomfort
- Feelings of claustrophobia from the face mask
- Stomach discomfort
Sleep apnea can have a significantly negative impact on your health, so if you think you have it, you should first see your doctor to determine your exact diagnosis. If you learn you have obstructive sleep apnea, your next call should be to Fox Park Dental in West Jordan, UT, to find out if an oral appliance could be an effective alternative for you. There are two main types of oral appliances we offer for sleep apnea treatment. Connect with our caring team today to find out which one might be best for you.
- Mandibular advancement device (MAD): This device looks similar to a mouth guard, and it works by moving your jaw and tongue forward and away from the back of your throat and increasing the size of your airway.
- Tongue retaining device: This is a simple splint that holds the tongue in place to keep the airway open.
If you believe an oral appliance is the right choice for treating your sleep apnea, we can help fit you with a comfortable, custom-fit piece that will help you achieve the safe, quiet sleep you so desperately need. Reach out to the expert team at our West Jordan, UT, location today to learn more.