Everyone needs a good night’s sleep in order to wake feeling rested and ready to face whatever the day brings at you. Unfortunately for those patients struggling with sleep apnea, a good night’s rest is hard to come by. Even if patients remain in bed and think they’re sleeping for eight or more hours each night, sleep apnea causes them to repeatedly awaken, which leads to a decrease in the quality of sleep. Without restful, restorative sleep, even the smallest daily task can be a struggle. If you’re suffering from sleep apnea, experiencing warning signs of this disorder, or not receiving the necessary relief from CPAP therapy, it may be time to call Sage Dental Care to learn more about our North and South Reno sleep apnea therapy options. During your sleep apnea treatment consultation, we’ll review all of your options and help you find a solution that meets your needs.
Sleep apnea is a common disorder affecting millions of adults in the US. It occurs when patients cease breathing for ten or more seconds at a time during sleep. While most people experience some apnea events during the night, patients suffering from this disorder can have 100s or 1000s of apnea events during sleep. There are two types of sleep apnea, central and obstructive. Central occurs because the brain fails to trigger patients to breathe in and out during sleep. This form of the disorder is treated by medical doctors, neurologists, and sometimes even surgeons. Obstructive sleep apnea is much more common, and the treatments for this disorder are less invasive. We offer custom oral appliance therapy and combined CPAP and oral appliance therapy for patients with obstructive sleep apnea.
To learn whether or not you have sleep apnea, you’ll need to complete a sleep study. However, you should let our team or a trusted sleep specialist know right away if you notice any of the following warning signs of this sleep disorder:
Our team of skilled dentists have advanced training specializing in the way oral and facial structures interact. That includes the proper function of the airway, making them the ideal medical professionals to offer therapies that improve airway function for patients with obstructive sleep apnea.
Traditionally, patients with sleep apnea received treatment through continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). This therapy requires patients to wear a facial mask that forces air into the mouth and nose, allowing patients to sleep and breathe deeply. Unfortunately, many patients find themselves unable to adjust to CPAP treatment. For this reason, oral appliance therapy is a better option for many patients. These comfortable, custom crafted oral appliances shift the jaw forward, placing pressure on the throat muscles and keeping the airway open through the night. Portable and easy to use, these effective sleep apnea therapies offer patients a good night’s rest without face masks, wires, and discomfort.