How Can Sleep Apnea Devices Help You Have a Better Night's Sleep?

Sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous health condition that affects more than 20 million Americans. Main symptoms of sleep apnea are strong, loud snoring and a difficult time staying asleep due to reduced oxygen intake while unconscious. Approximately 80% of all sleep apnea cases are considered “moderate to severe,” which means about 16 million Americans are losing sleep or keeping their family’s awake throughout the night each night.

Thankfully, dental technology and treatments have been working hard to alleviate sleep apnea. There are numerous sleep apnea appliances and specialized treatments that can reduce or eliminate the cause of sleep apnea, as well as dramatically lessen the occurrence of disruptive snoring.

What sleep apnea treatments and devices are there?

  • Customized mouthpieces: Mild cases of sleep apnea may sometimes be alleviated with custom mouthpieces to wear while you sleep. The mouthpieces or mouth guards are shaped to keep the jaw in a certain position, preventing excess flesh in the back of the throat from closing over the esophagus and causing suffocation.
  • CPAP devices: A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device is essentially a facemask worn during sleep that gently pressurizes your mouth and esophagus with air to prevent esophageal collapse. CPAP devices are one of the most common and effective sleep apnea treatments, but they are also quite uncomfortable for many patients.
  • Surgery: Some severe cases of sleep apnea can be addressed with surgical techniques. In particular, a superheated laser may be used to shrink or tighten excess skin in the back of the throat.

Should You Get Sleep Apnea Treatment?

While staying awake and feeling exhausted is horrible, the truth is the worst side effects of sleep apnea can hurt your health. Studies have shown that people with sleep apnea have an increased risk of hypertension, stroke, heart attack, diabetes, migraines, and depression. To get your sleep apnea under control and protect your wellbeing from serious health complications caused by it, you should take action as soon as you can.

Dial (949) 247-8484 to connect with Luminous Smiles in Newport Beach. Led by Dr. Dimple Desai, our dentistry team has the equipment and experience needed to assess your sleep apnea and find the right solution. We may recommend sleep apnea appliances or surgery, depending on the severity of your conditions. No matter the solution, you can rest easy knowing you are in caring, capable hands.

Find out more or book an appointment by contacting us now.