Sleep apnea is the cessation of breathing for significant periods or multiple times during sleep. Living with sleep apnea can be a burden. Without getting quality sleep, people tend to be fatigued during the day and more liable to be involved in accidents.
While they might not remember it, patients with sleep apnea usually wake up multiple times during the night. Diagnosing and treating sleep apnea is important to prevent complications and allow people to lead normal and healthy lives. At Dental Care Antioch in Overland Park, KS, we place great emphasis on the quality of treatment.
Sleep apnea has many causes. The reason it happens is that a person’s airway becomes blocked during sleep. Obesity is one of the leading causes of sleep apnea. With more weight, there’s a higher likelihood that soft tissues and fat in the neck can obstruct the airway.
In children, sleep apnea can be due to enlarged tonsils or adenoids. Sometimes there’s no identifiable risk factor or cause for sleep apnea. A person’s tongue and jaw just recede backward during sleep due to laxity or weakness.
At Dental Care Antioch, we get lots of referrals to fit patients with sleep apnea dental appliances. These devices work by keeping the tongue and jaw positioned forward, thereby maintaining the patency of the airway.
We have a team of experts who are familiar with making these devices. For a dental appliance to work, it has to fit perfectly. A poorly fitted sleep apnea dental appliance might cause more harm than good.
CPAP is the most effective sleep apnea treatment and is used in severe cases. If you have severe sleep apnea, a dental appliance can’t be a substitute for CPAP. The problem with CPAP is that many patients have trouble sleeping with the mask on. CPAP also causes dry sinuses and nosebleeds.
The treatment of sleep apnea depends on the severity. If there’s an identifiable cause like adenoids, its removal can lead to resolution of the condition without the need for CPAP or sleep apnea dental appliances.