Sleep apnea is a disorder that can wreak havoc on your health if not properly addressed. At Bayshore Dental Center, we proudly offer effective general dental treatment for sleep apnea through oral appliance therapy. Sleep apnea is a chronic sleep disorder in which there are one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breathing during sleep. If not treated, sleep apnea can cause a number of disruptive symptoms and pose a threat to your overall health. Due to poor sleep quality and reduced oxygen during the night, symptoms of fatigue, headaches, memory loss, anxiety, irritability and even depression are commonly associated with sleep apnea. More severe cases of sleep apnea can include an increased risk for heart attack and stroke. Therefore, if you are considering sleep apnea treatment, it is more than just addressing your snoring problems; your health and quality of life are at stake.
Oral Appliances For Effective Relief
Dr. Sheehy is pleased to offer the most proven treatment methods for mild to moderate sleep apnea through the use of oral appliances. In fact, studies indicate that oral appliance therapy has a 77% to 95% success rate. While mild to moderate cases are most responsive to oral appliance therapy, they do provide a certain level of improvement for severe OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea). Some patients with severe OSA choose to use oral appliance in conjunction with a CPAP, but for many, it is a more comfortable and effective alternative.
Oral appliances designed for the treatment of sleep apnea should be prescribed by a physician after an accurate diagnosis and fitted by a dentist with proper qualifications. Rest assured that despite its double retainer-like structure, most patients find that sleep apnea oral appliances are comfortable to wear. Dr. Sheehy will titrate your appliance over time until you achieve a level that maximizes medical treatment and respects your comfort needs. Because sleep apnea is commonly associated with snoring, you may also find that your oral appliance therapy improves your partner's sleep too.
When choosing sleep apnea treatment at Bayshore Dental Center, you can trust that we will work collaboratively with your physician to determine the best possible treatment plan. We are proud to offer ways to help sleep apnea patients avoid serious consequence to their health and quality of life. Contact our office today to learn if oral appliance therapy can effectively treat your sleep apnea symptoms.