If you and your partner have trouble sleeping because of snoring and other symptoms of sleep apnea, you may benefit from sleep apnea devices like the Dental Crafters’ custom-fit Intraoral Snoring Therapy (IST) Appliance.
For patients who suffer from sleep apnea and snoring, Dr. Wes Mullins of My Family Dentistry can prescribe sleep apnea devices that will significantly improve or even eliminate symptoms.
About Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is very common: more than 3 million people a year are diagnosed in the U.S. alone, and cases range from mild to severe. Sleep apnea can impact not only the health of the patient, but also the people around him or her—particularly the spouse.
When you suffer from sleep apnea, the tissue at the back of your throat collapses while you sleep and blocks the airway. This causes your breathing to stop and start repeatedly during the night, reducing the oxygen delivered to your brain and other organs.
You wake up when your blood oxygen level drops below a certain point, though you may not be aware of it and probably fall back to sleep within seconds. Sleep apnea patients often don’t realize that they’re waking up as many as hundreds of times during the night; it’s more likely that they simply feel tired, even first thing in the morning.
Sleep Apnea Devices
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All of these devices help resolve snoring and sleep apnea by repositioning the jaw and/or tongue, removing the blockage and allowing more air to pass into your airways.Though there are many options available, sleep apnea devices fall into two main groups: those that hold the tongue forward, and those that change the position of the lower jaw.
My Family Dentistry can prescribe an intraoral device like the Dental Crafters’ custom-fit Intraoral Snoring Therapy (IST) Appliance, which holds the lower jaw forward during sleep with a 2-piece upper and lower acrylic arch system.
Comfort is essential to quality sleep, which is why the custom-fitted Dental Crafters’ appliance includes a telescoping stainless steel tube that allows you to open and close your mouth—and even move your jaw to the right and left—while maintaining the forward position of the jaw. This FDA-approved sleep apnea device is also very durable, and will even reduce damage from teeth grinding.
However, no treatment for sleep apnea should ignore lifestyle changes. Exercise, weight loss, and good sleep habits are also one of the most effective ways to treat sleep apnea. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, Dr. Mullins would be happy to discuss the treatment options that are best for you. Simply get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment!