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Sleep Apnea Therapy – Marysville, Ohio

Stop Snoring & Sleep Soundly

Man in bed snoringSleep is essential for every aspect of your life, and most of us take a good night’s sleep for granted. Unfortunately for those who struggle with sleep apnea, sleeping soundly and waking feeling rested can start to seem like little more than a dream. If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you may think that loud, uncomfortable CPAP systems are your only treatment option. At Montgomery Family Dental, we offer comfortable, portable oral appliance therapy that can ba a viable alternative to CPAP for many people. If you’re interested in learning more about oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea, call our Marysville dental office to schedule a consultation.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Tired woman with head in hands

Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes people to stop breathing for ten or more seconds at a time during sleep. There are two types of sleep apnea, central and obstructive. Central sleep apnea is very rare, and it is occurs when the brain fails to trigger the body to breathe in and out during sleep. This form of sleep apnea can’t usually be treated with oral appliance therapy, but if we determine you have this form of sleep apnea, we may be able to help you find the right sleep doctor. The more common form is obstructive sleep apnea, and as the name suggest, it occurs when the airway is physically obstructed during sleep. If you have obstructive sleep apnea, a custom crafted oral appliance may be a good alternative to CPAP.

How Will I Know that I Have Sleep Apnea?

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The only way to know for sure that you have sleep apnea is to complete a sleep study. These tests can be conducted in a sleep clinic or at-home, and they will let us know whether or not you’re struggling with sleep apnea. Some of the common warning signs of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud, chronic snoring
  • Waking gasping or wheezing
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness (even after eight or more hours of sleep)
  • Morning headaches
  • Ringing in ears
  • Changes in mood or behavior

These symptoms are especially relevant for those people who are at higher risk, including men, people over the age of 50, and those with a BMI higher than 35 kg/m2. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, reach out to our team or a local sleep doctor right away. The adverse effects of sleep apnea are cumulative, so it’s important to get started with treatment right away.

How Does Oral Appliance Therapy Work?

Woman waking up feeling refreshed

Oral appliances work by repositioning the jaw in order to keep the airway clear. If you’ve ever taken a CPR course, you know that the first step is to clear the airway by tilting the head back and the jaw forward. Sleep apnea oral appliances work in much the same way. They are customized to fit comfortably against your teeth, and then, they are adjusted to move the jaw forward slightly. This places pressure on the throat muscles that remain tensed, keeping the airway clear, so you can sleep and breathe deeply all night long.