How can my dentist help with sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening disorder that occurs when your airway is blocked or constricted during sleep. It is typically characterized by long pauses in breathing, excessive snoring, and gasping for air. For some, these long pauses can occur hundreds of times a night, depriving the body of much-needed oxygen.
Until recently, the first line treatment for sleep apnea was a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. This method involves wearing a mask that applies a flow of mild air pressure to keep the airway open during sleep.
While CPAP treatment is highly effective, especially for those with severe sleep apnea, many patients find the mask too bulky and uncomfortable to wear during sleep. The result is that a lot of sleep apnea sufferers choose not to wear the mask, which puts their general health at risk.
At Sullivan Dental Partners, we have a better way. Many of our patients have found relief for sleep apnea at our Brentwood dental office with a customized dental device called Optisleep that repositions your jaw slightly forward during sleep. This movement keeps your airway open so you can breathe freely.
We use state-of-the-art digital imaging technology called SICAT to analyze your upper airway to identify the blockage. We’ll share this information with your physician, who will determine if Optisleep is the safest choice for you.
Please call Sullivan Dental Partners to get your sleep apnea under control and allow you to breathe comfortably again.