Do you constantly feel tired throughout the day no matter how much sleep you get at night? Does your bed partner complain about your loud snoring all the time? Can you never seem to remember things or stay focused at work? If so, then you may be suffering from sleep apnea, the second most common sleep disorder in the world. At MayFair Dental Associates, we can help patients overcome this serious condition with a custom-made solution that’s been proven to improve sleep quality on the very first use.
When a person has sleep apnea, they experience brief but frequent stoppages in breathing while they sleep. Most of the time, this is caused by the soft tissues in the mouth and throat relaxing into and blocking the airway. As a result, the body has to partially wake up in order to restore proper respiration, disrupting the sleep cycle over and over again. This prevents someone from getting the deep, restful sleep they need to feel awake the next day. Over time, sleep deprivation sets in, which can negatively impact someone’s quality of life and overall health.
Our practice provides a treatment called oral appliance therapy, in which a patient wears a custom-made mouthguard to bed. They are shaped to fit comfortably in the mouth and slightly adjust the lower jaw forward, which helps the airway stay open throughout the night. This enables a patient to get the quality sleep they need, plus it can make them stop snoring as well. In clinical studies, oral appliance therapy has been shown to improve the sleep quality of 90% of the people who use it consistently.
When designing a patient’s oral appliance, we use CT scans of the airway to identify exactly where the blockage is occurring. This level of precision in our treatment planning ensures a good night’s rest right from the beginning.
Oral appliance therapy can also be used to help patients who are CPAP intolerant or want to try a treatment other than CPAP therapy.
You don’t have to settle for a life of restless nights and difficult mornings any more. With a small oral appliance, we can completely change how you feel throughout the day, improving your health and quality of life at the same time. To learn more about our sleep solutions and what they could do for you, contact us today.