While sleep is supposed to be restful, it’s anything but for sufferers of sleep apnea, a condition characterized by frequent pauses in breathing while you sleep. And one of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea is chronic snoring, which means others in the household don’t rest well either! Learn more about sleep apnea by watching this video.
Fortunately, many sleep apnea sufferers can get relief with a custom oral appliance that comfortably shifts your jaw in order to keep your airway open as you sleep. An oral appliance will:
- Help you and your loved ones get better rest
- Eliminate unpleasant symptoms such as sore throat, dry mouth, and headaches
- Make it possible for you to be more alert and function better throughout the day
- Reduce the chances you’ll suffer from related health conditions, such as high blood pressure
Oral Appliance vs. CPAP
Dr. Workman takes impressions of your mouth and other measurements to ensure a precise and comfortable fit for your oral appliance. If an appliance isn’t comfortable, you won’t wear it – which means it won’t eliminate your sleep apnea symptoms. Many people prefer an oral appliance to a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, another commonly prescribed treatment, because it is more comfortable.
Dr. Workman on sleep apnea Read Transcript
I think that most people are becoming much more aware of the problems that sleep apnea can cause in your life. Basically, if you have sleep apnea, it can be anywhere from slight, moderate, to severe, and if it’s severe enough, you’re not getting the oxygen during the nighttime to the organs of your body, especially your heart and brain, that can actually take away your life or shorten it.
In today’s world, people are interested in having something besides a CPAP. A CPAP machine is probably the gold standard, and I know a lot of people that have them and are comfortable with them, and it helps them a lot, in terms of being much more healthy, because they’re able to get good sleep patterns.
But, about 50% of the people that have a CPAP don’t wear it because it’s uncomfortable and they hate it. And so, we have an alternative as a dental appliance that helps you to get better air supply during the nighttime, and it just brings your jaw forward and opens up the airway, and it’s a dental appliance.
If you want insurance to help you, you’re going to have to have a sleep study. In fact, it’s probably the best way to go about it. Then you know what the diagnosis is, you’re more apt to get it paid for by your medical insurance, and you’ll have something that you’ll wear that will help you be healthier because sleep apnea can take away your life.
And it can make you less grumpy and your wife likes that, and you’re not snoring. That’s what most spouses say,“Would you take care of this guy? He’s snoring and I can’t sleep.”So it doesn’t affect those in your family so much, too, but we’d love to help those people that need it.
An oral appliance:
- Doesn’t cover your nose and face, as most CPAP machines do
- Is easier to transport than a CPAP machine
- Doesn’t have tubing to get in the way
- Won’t irritate your skin or nose, as a mask can
- Doesn’t require an electrical outlet or a battery
Do You Have Sleep Apnea?
How do you know if you have sleep apnea? Dr. Workman can evaluate you and help you get a formal diagnosis from a physician if needed. Common sleep apnea symptoms include:
- Chronic loud snoring
To find out how a custom oral appliance can help stop snoring and alleviate symptoms of mild to moderate sleep apnea, call John C. Workman, DDS Dental Artistry at 630-448-8418. Our Glen Ellyn, IL dentist office is located near Village Links of Glen Ellyn.