Over 18 million adults currently suffer from obstructive sleep apnea which causes many breathing interruptions during the night and can eventually lead to heart attack, stroke, hypertension, or even death if left untreated. At Comfort Dental Spa in Farmington Hills, Michigan, the dedicated and compassionate dental care team offers state-of-the-art sleep apnea solutions to improve your sleep and protect your whole-body health. To learn more about sleep apnea treatment, call the office or schedule an appointment online.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which you stop breathing many times during the night. When you have sleep apnea, the soft tissue at the back of your throat occasionally collapses while you're sleeping. This blocks your air supply, and then you startle awake briefly to get air.
Most obstructive sleep apnea sufferers fall asleep again without becoming fully alert, so you might not realize how many times you stop breathing during the night. Even though episodes only last seconds, the effects can be extremely serious.
If untreated, obstructive sleep apnea could lead to stroke, heart attack, hypertension, and even emotional problems like depression. However, your Comfort Dental Spa care providers can help you beat obstructive sleep apnea and preserve your health.
Your partner or family members might tell you that you snore frequently, which is one of the most common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. Other symptoms might include:
Your Comfort Dental Spa dentist might refer you to a sleep specialist to verify your symptoms before making the sleep apnea diagnosis.
After you’re diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, your Comfort Dental Spa provider can review your symptoms with you, and then design a customized treatment plan.
Sleep apnea treatment at Comfort Dental Spa includes a sleep apnea appliance that's customized for your mouth. Sleep apnea appliances reposition your lower jaw, which helps keep your airway open while you're asleep. Options include:
The TAP 3 fits over your teeth, moves your jaw forward and can be adjusted for your comfort.
This removable and adjustable appliance thrusts your tongue forward slightly and also creates a bigger nasal passage.
The Klearway appliance shifts your jaw forward incrementally to keep your air passage open. This removable appliance is a pliable acrylic that you soften with warm water before placing it in your mouth to hardening into place.
The Herbst telescopic appliance moves your lower jaw forward to prevent air passage collapse while you sleep. This is called a fixed appliance because it's attached to your teeth, much like braces.
Your Comfort Dental Spa dentist might also recommend lifestyle changes like losing weight, drinking less alcohol, and quitting smoking to reduce obstructive sleep apnea episodes. If your obstructive sleep apnea doesn’t improve with oral appliance use, your dentist might recommend a surgical procedure to slightly reposition your jaw for improved breathing.
If you were diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, reach out to the Comfort Dental Spa team by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online today.