Don’t Ignore Sleep Apnea Symptoms: Learn About Our Non-CPAP Solution

Think sleep apnea is a totally separate issue from your oral health? Think again. It may surprise you to know that a wide range of health problems and their solutions are in some way connected to oral anatomy and health.

If your rest is compromised by sleep apnea, you have options other than the elephant trunk-like and cumbersome continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. At Brightleaf Dental, we offer two noninvasive treatment options that work successfully for many patients. 

What is sleep apnea and how does it hurt your health?

Sleep apnea is a condition in which you stop breathing while sleeping up to hundreds of times per night. As a result, you experience a chronic and dangerous oxygen shortage. 

Most people who suffer from sleep apnea have obstructive sleep apnea, where the throat muscles relax and cause the airway to become somewhat or fully blocked as you sleep. Central sleep apnea is rarer and happens when your brain doesn’t communicate properly with your breathing muscles. 

Apart from exhaustion, other signs you might have sleep apnea include:

These symptoms aren’t merely annoying. They put you at risk for serious health conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart issues, and even stroke. 

Although Nazila Satvat, DDS, our holistic dentist, doesn’t diagnose sleep apnea, she offers relief and treatment options that can improve your nighttime breathing dramatically.

Problems with CPAP machines

Not all patients can use CPAP machines successfully. Problems associated with them include:

CPAP users have even been known to unwittingly remove their CPAP machines during the night. It goes without saying that if you can’t consistently use the device, you won’t experience relief. 

Sleep apnea treatment alternatives 

Fortunately, Dr. Satvat uses two oral appliances to treat sleep apnea. Both are noninvasive but meet the goal of providing you with a better night’s sleep. 

We offer a tongue retaining device that keeps your tongue in the front of your mouth so it can’t slip back and obstruct your airway. It’s especially helpful if you’re a stomach or back sleeper. You — or your partner — are sure to notice less snoring overall and a lower decibel level if a few snores do happen to escape.

Our other treatment is a custom-made mouthguard, reminiscent of what you might remember wearing as a child to protect your teeth during sports. This tool ensures that your lower jaw is oriented forward and down, enabling your airway to stay open. 

Get the lowdown on options for sleep apnea

Dr. Satvat and our whole team here at Brightleaf Dental believe that clinical expertise and compassion are equally important when it comes to providing you with the highest level of care. 

If you’ve had problems trying to use a CPAP or if you want to explore other sleep apnea solutions first, call our office or book an appointment through our online system. 

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