SLEEP APNEA TREATMENT
Sleep Apnea Treatment in Arlington Heights, IL
Sleep apnea is a common condition that occurs when the upper airway becomes blocked repeatedly while a person is sleeping. This blockage can result in a reduction of airflow, or in some cases, completely stop it. Obstructive sleep apnea can be caused by a variety of factors, including some associated with the soft tissue in your mouth or throat.
Previously, sleep apnea meant a patient may be required to wear a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) mask that covered their nose and mouth at night. However, CPAP masks have hygiene issues and are often uncomfortable, leading people to get poorer quality sleep or being forced to sleep in an uncomfortable or unnatural position. Hoses can also become bent or blocked during the night, which can lead to the device not working properly.
What Other Options Are Available?
Today, the most popular solution is to have an oral appliance designed specifically for your mouth. This appliance fits like a sports mouth guard or orthodontic retainer, and you will only need to wear it at night when you are sleeping. Your dentist will mold the appliance to your teeth so that it sits comfortably in your mouth. The appliance is designed to support the jaw in a forward position, which can help keep your upper airway open.
Oral appliance therapy is considered one of the most effective treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. While it may take a few nights to adjust to your oral appliance, generally, this treatment option is thought to be more comfortable than CPAP masks and hoses that can significantly lower sleep quality and require a person to sleep in on their back or side.
If you’re interested in learning how an oral appliance could help you get better sleep and overcome obstructive sleep apnea, contact Alan J. Moltz, D.D.S., F.A.G.D. in Arlington Heights today to learn about your treatment options.