Studies show more and more people are diagnosed with sleep apnea each year. Unfortunately, many of them believe the only cure for sleep apnea is sleeping with a CPAP machine for the rest of their lives. In this article, we will discuss a couple of other options for curing sleep apnea and how The Richardson Dentist can help.
How to Cure for Sleep Apnea
First, many people who have suffered from sleep apnea have used the CPAP machine which stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. This machine opens your airways as a form of respiratory ventilation to assist with your breathing while you sleep. However, the challenges of CPAP machines are many.
CPAP machines tend to be very intrusive. They are loud and usually disturb any sleep partners, so husbands and wives often sleep in separate rooms to avoid keeping each other awake. They are also bulky and difficult when traveling taking up much more room than most people prefer. For these and other reasons, people seeking cures for sleep apnea often choose sleep apnea surgery or an oral appliance often referred to as the snoring mouthpiece.
Sleep apnea surgery can be performed by surgeons trained in otolaryngology, oral maxillofacial surgery, or craniofacial surgery. With adults, sleep apnea surgery can involve multiple levels, so the sleep surgeries that tend to be the most effective involve multi-level surgery. While sleep surgery is an good cure for sleep apnea with those who can afford to invest the time and money, it can also be more of an inconvenience.
The third option, which is what we at The Richardson Dentist provide, is oral appliance therapy or OAT commonly known as the snoring mouthpiece to many people. This oral appliance therapy is technically called the mandibular advancement splint and is custom-sized to shift the lower jaw forward and open your bite in order to open your airway. Oral appliance therapy often helps patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea can be dangerous if not cured. Sleep apnea is not something to be taken lightly or gone without curing. Doctors or dentist can talk to you on how you can cure your sleep apnea and be able to sleep and function normally. If you’re seeking a cure for sleep apnea and live in the DFW area, call The Richardson Dentist for a consultation today at 972-690-6653.