Sleep Apnea Treatment In Brentwood
It’s common to snore occasionally. But if you are snoring constantly and having problems getting enough sleep, you may be suffering from what we call sleep-disordered breathing, which can include sleep apnea.
Patients with sleep apnea experience an obstructed airflow that prevents oxygen from moving freely from the nose and mouth to the lungs. CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) is a common first-line therapy, but nearly half of all people for whom CPAP is prescribed are unable to comply.
If you have struggled with using a CPAP mask, you will be pleased to know that the doctors at Sullivan Dental Partners can help you find relief with a simple customized dental appliance called Optisleep.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a disruptive and potentially life-threatening condition that deprives your body of a steady flow of oxygen. With OSA, the airway is blocked or has collapsed, which causes shallow breathing and pauses in breathing. Sleep apnea also causes snoring as the air squeezes past the blockage.
Patients with OSA experience multiple pauses in their breathing every night. It’s not uncommon to experience these pauses anywhere from 5 to 30 times an hour. Each episode may last for a few seconds or even as long as a few minutes.
These pauses lead to disrupted sleep, low oxygen levels, fatigue during the day, and problems with concentration and memory. Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, and stroke.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Correcting your sleep apnea doesn’t necessarily have to involve wearing a CPAP mask or enduring potentially painful surgery. Now we can offer you an easy and discreet way to help you sleep better!
Specialized software called SICAT lets the doctors at Sullivan Dental Partners analyze your upper airway to visualize and identify obstructions. We can share these images with you so you have a better understanding of the problem and the treatment we recommend.
Based on this information, we will create a customized appliance called Optisleep that will help you breathe easier at night and allow you to wake up refreshed and ready to face the day.
Our customized dental mouthpieces are:
- A non-surgical alternative – Using a mouthpiece requires no surgery or other alterations to your mouth
- Comfortable – We customize your mouthpiece to fit securely and easily in your mouth so you don’t notice it while you are sleeping.
- Removable – Wear the mouthpiece while you sleep and take it out when you are awake.
- Convenient – The mouthpiece is small and easy to insert and remove. No machines or equipment are required.
We will work with your physician to determine the safest and most effective treatment for your sleep apnea. Our doctors may recommend an at-home Braebon Medibyte Jr. sleep study to evaluate your breathing patterns during sleep. The results of the study are then sent to sleep physicians via the cloud for scoring and interpretation. In many cases, this information can allow us to bill medical insurance for treatment costs.
Don’t Suffer with Sleep Apnea!
If you’re discouraged and have all but given up because you don’t think anything can be done about your sleep apnea, please give us a call. Our innovative treatment options treat obstructive sleep apnea with easy-to-use, comfortable dental appliances that work immediately. Please call our Brentwood dental office so we can provide the relief you need.