Sleep apnea affects one in every ten people, and many of those affected may not even realize it. At Whole Life Dentistry, we want to help you sleep soundly, without worrying about snoring.
Snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea, and is often the first sign that you may not be getting the quality of sleep that you need. However, many patients also skip breaths while they sleep, which can lead to a variety of health problems. Sleep apnea occurs when the tongue is sucked against the back of the throat, obstructing the airway and causing loss of breath. As your oxygen level decreases, your brain jolts you from sleep, opening your airway once again. Sleep apnea patients experience thirty or more of these episodes per night.
If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, you’re probably familiar with the groggy, drowsy feeling that interrupted sleep leaves you with the next day. But did you know that if left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to much more serious complications, like high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke?
The Dental Solution
Dr. Streem is an active member of The American Academy of Dental Sleep medicine, and has years of experience of working with sleep disorder centers and physicians to find the best solution for you. We offer an oral appliance that is non-invasive, comfortable, and 85% effective in treating cases of obstructive sleep apnea.
Comprised of two custom created plastic devices, similar in appearance to mouth guards, worn over the teeth at night. The device moves the tongue and lower jaw forward, keeping your airway open and oxygen flowing.
An oral appliance is a great alternative to other methods, such as a CPAP mask, which can be uncomfortable and unattractive. Many patients are completely satisfied with the quality of sleep that results from using an oral appliance, and find that their sleep apnea symptoms are significantly reduced, or in some cases, even eliminated.
Stop snoring. Sleep soundly. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and find out what a full night’s sleep feels like.