Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly starts or stops during the night. For someone suffering from sleep apnea, the pauses in breathing can happen multiple times per hour and can last for longer than 10 seconds. These pauses disrupt the patient’s sleep pattern, causing them to feel less rested and more fatigued the next day. Millions of people all over the world suffer from sleep apnea. If left untreated, sleep apnea can cause significant damage to a person’s health.
Snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea. Other symptoms of sleep apnea include:
Waking up suddenly during the night
Feeling unusually tired during the day
Problems with memory and focus
Headaches in the morning
Dry mouth or sore throat in the morning
There are three main types of sleep apnea:
Obstructive Sleep Apnea: This is the most common type of sleep apnea and it occurs when throat muscles relax.
Central Sleep Apnea: This type of sleep apnea occurs when the brain does not send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.
Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome: This type of sleep apnea is also known as treatment-emergent sleep apnea. It occurs when a person suffers from both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea can lead to potentially serious problems like:
Depression or anxiety
High blood pressure
Type 2 Diabetes
If you think you might have sleep apnea, visit your doctor immediately. Treatments like mandibular advancement devices (MADs), continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices, and (in extreme cases) surgery can treat sleep apnea and reduce the risks of long-term complications.
A mandibular advancement device is a dental appliance that is used to treat snoring and mild to moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea. MADs are the most commonly used devices for sleep apnea treatment. It is usually offered an alternative to CPAP to patients who do not wish to use CPAP or have not been helped by CPAP.
Mandibular advancement devices look similar to mouth guards used for sports and sit over the upper and lower teeth. MADs move the jaw in a forward position which brings the tongue forward as well and increases the size of the airway. MADs help you breathe better and reduce snoring and sleep apnea by expanding the airway.
At Fisher & Orfaly Dental, we fabricate a custom-made mandibular advancement device for your individual needs. To ensure the best fit and most effectiveness of MADs, we first take impressions of your mouth and use them to make your customized MAD.
A custom-made MAD will be much more effective than a storebought device. Our customized MADs have received glowing reviews from our patients. Here are a few things our patients have said: “That snore guard has been a lifesaver, and I cannot get a good night’s sleep without it. If something happens to it when I’m overseas, I’m sunk.” and “Just wanted to say that I am absolutely thrilled with how effective this mouthguard is. It seems to have completely shut down my snoring, after trying every imaginable method.”
Some dental insurances may cover the full or partial cost of mandibular advancement devices if they are used for sleep apnea treatment. It is best to check with your insurance provider if mandibular advancement devices are covered by dental insurance.
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