Sleep Apnea Therapy – Manchester, CT
Better Sleep Leads to Better Health
Millions of people across the United States suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This dangerous condition causes pauses in breathing throughout the night, which disrupt the sleep cycle and make it impossible for a person to enjoy truly rejuvenating rest. Left untreated, OSA can contribute to a number of serious health problems. At First Line Dental, we offer oral appliance therapy to help OSA sufferers breathe easily throughout the night.
Why Choose First Line Dental for Sleep Apnea Therapy?
- Oral appliance therapy — a viable CPAP alternative
- Better sleep leads to a higher quality of life
- Personalized care from an expert team
Recognizing Sleep Apnea
In OSA, pauses in breathing occur when soft tissues in the mouth or throat block the airway. Those same tissues may vibrate loudly when air passes them — hence, frequent snoring is one of the key indicators of OSA. Other symptoms you should be on the lookout for include:
- Observed pauses in breathing
- Daytime exhaustion
- Trouble concentrating
- Morning headaches and sore throats
- Decreased libido
If you suspect that you have OSA, a sleep study can provide you with an official diagnosis. A sleep study usually occurs in a laboratory, where you spend a night hooked up to machines that track your breathing and other vital statistics. After an expert analyzes the results of the study, you will know for sure whether you have OSA and how severe your condition is.
The Importance of Treatment
Some of OSA’s symptoms may seem more like annoyances than pressing health issues. However, there is much more to OSA. Over time, a lack of high-quality sleep can wreak havoc across an individual’s body. In fact, OSA has been associated with cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, unhealthy weight gain, emotional disorders, and other serious problems. OSA can even make you a danger to others; it is estimated that 20 percent of car crashes in the United States are related to drowsy driving.
A CPAP machine is the most commonly prescribed treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. The machine gently forces pressurized air into the throat, keeping the airway open and thus promoting uninterrupted breathing throughout the night. While CPAP therapy is certainly effective, many patients find it difficult to comply with. The machine can be uncomfortable and noisy. It is also not easy to transport, which means that some patients choose to leave it behind when they go on vacation.
Many individuals with OSA are good candidates for a CPAP alternative: oral appliance therapy. An oral sleep appliance resembles a mouthguard that you would wear for sports, but its purpose is specifically to reposition the jaw. Gently moving the jaw forward keeps the airway open and prevents pauses in breathing. These devices are small, silent, easy to keep clean, and extremely portable. The team at First Line Dental has the training and experience necessary to provide this therapy to OSA sufferers.
Have you been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea? Contact our team to learn how we may be able to help you enjoy higher-quality rest.