Sleep Apnea & Snoring Appliances in Amherst, NH
Sleep apnea is a serious disorder. Worse yet, many people with sleep apnea don’t even realize that they have it.
Sleep apnea sufferers stop breathing briefly throughout the night as they sleep. When oxygen levels drop in the body, they wake up. This can occur hundreds of times during a single night and will most likely not even be remembered.
How Can I Tell If I Have Sleep Apnea?
There are many symptoms of sleep apnea, including:
- Loud snoring, especially when lying on your back
- Fatigue during the day
- Morning headaches
- Waking from sleep with a snort or a choking sound, gasping for breath
Sleep apnea can cause many health problems, including greater risk of stroke and heart problems, memory loss, depression, and decreased sex drive. If you think you suffer from sleep apnea, or your partner has noticed that you stop breathing while you sleep, visit your doctor. Sleep apnea must be diagnosed by a doctor by performing an overnight sleep study.
How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?
The primary treatment for sleep apnea is a continuous positive airway pressure machine, or CPAP. Many people experience significant improvement with the CPAP, but it is not always an option. Some people find wearing the required face mask uncomfortable or claustrophobic. Others complain of the noise associated with CPAP or feel as though they are suffocating due to the forced air pressure.
If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea but find using a CPAP uncomfortable, our Amherst, NH dental office offers an alternative: oral appliance therapy. There are a variety of appliances available to treat sleep apnea, either as a replacement for or in conjunction with CPAP therapy.
The two main appliance types are tongue-retaining appliances and mandibular-positioning appliances. Tongue-retaining appliances hold your tongue forward using light suction. This prevents your tongue from closing off your airway, allowing you to breathe. The mandibular-positioning appliances hold your jaw in a forward position, which indirectly holds the tongue forward and stabilizes your jaw.
Dr. Edwards can review the appliances we offer and recommend the one that will work for your situation. There are several styles and variations, and we can find the one that is right for you!
Oral appliances aren't just for sleep apnea patients. They can also help reduce snoring, allowing you and those around you to get a restful night's sleep. The oral appliances offered by Amherst dentist Dr. Edwards are customized especially for you. These custom appliances are more comfortable and more effective than “over the counter” remedies.
If you (or your loved ones) suffer from snoring or sleep apnea, contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out how we can help!