Get your sleep back with Sleep Apnea Therapy
Sleep apnea is one of the most common, most undiagnosed disorders in America, and incidence is on the rise. The scary part is, many sleep apnea sufferers don’t even realize something is wrong. Because symptoms are only present when asleep, you may be going about your day-to-day life, feeling a little tired all the time, and having no idea of the potential risks lurking just around the corner.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common and serious sleep disorder in which breathing shallows or stops during sleep. Sufferers often snore loudly and frequently, and wake up feeling tired due to constant sleep disruptions during the night. If left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious implications for your health:
- Low blood oxygen levels
- Congestive heart failure
- Cardiovascular disease
- Automobile accidents
- Premature death
What causes Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea has been linked to many different potential causes. You are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea if you are:
- Overweight or obese
- Over age 40
- Drink alcohol
- Have enlarged tonsils
- Have significant bite alignment issues (overbite)
How do I know if I have Sleep Apnea?
Signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Loud & frequent snoring
- Frequent sleep disruptions
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
How does a dentist treat Sleep Apnea?
We’re so glad you asked! Traditional treatment of sleep apnea involves a CPAP machine – a bulky piece of equipment that you wear like an oxygen mask, that uses positive air pressure to prevent the airway from collapsing. While this is the “gold standard” for sleep apnea treatment, about 40% of sufferers find this treatment intolerable. It’s bulky and noisy and further prevents restful sleep.
The Moses® is a new and improved innovation in oral appliance therapy for treating sleep apnea. With an open anterior design, unlike other oral appliances, patients are able to close their lips, open wide, drink, and speak clearly with the Moses® device. Mandibular advancement protrudes the tongue, enlarging the airway and allowing for normal breathing during sleep.
3-Dimensional Oral Appliance
The Moses® is the only oral appliance that incorporates all three attributes of a successful sleep apnea or snoring appliance.
- Independent flexible retainer helps prevent tooth movement and serves as an anchor for the entire maxillary arch.
- Your individual bite registration determines how far the mandible is protruded, and creates an open anterior space for the tongue.
- Acrylic base guides and stimulates the tongue to an ideal protrusive or anterior position.
At your Lafayette dentist, we have a tiny alternative – that could make a huge difference! Oral appliance therapy has proven to be just as effective as a CPAP machine in treating patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea. A custom oral appliance, similar to a mouth guard, will slightly reposition the jaw during sleep, preventing the airway from collapsing, and allowing you to finally get a good night’s sleep. Wake up feeling well rested, rejuvenated, and ready to take on the world!
If you think you or a loved one might be suffering from sleep apnea, or if you’ve been diagnosed but are intolerant to your CPAP machine, we would love to speak with you. Please don’t wait to give us a call at (337) 446-2397 or set up a consultation online.