In sitcoms and movies, snoring is a joke. People make fun of the snorer and the effects his poor sleep has on his marriage and dignity. In real life, sleep apnea is not a laughing matter. Snorers and other people who have trouble breathing at night suffer from a medical problem that carries real risks.
In sleep apnea, blockages prevent the free flow of air while someone is sleeping. The person with sleep apnea stops breathing frequently in the night. They may wake up repeatedly or keep sleeping without entering a deep sleep.
There’s evidence that sleep apnea could cause high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. Many doctors treat sleep apnea by prescribing a CPAP machine. CPAP machines force air into the windpipe so that the patient can breathe and sleep all night.
However, CPAPs have a problem. Many people get them and then stop using them because the masks are uncomfortable and the machines are loud.
Sleep apnea appliances position your jaw to keep your airway open at night. Patients report that they’re more convenient and easier to use than the CPAP. While you can buy OTC sleep apnea appliances, your best chance at success is to have a qualified dentist design one to fit your mouth.
Appliances are an especially good option for families who camp a lot. Since CPAP machines require a plug-in, these oral appliances are the best option for sleep apnea in the wilderness. Business travelers also appreciate these oral appliances since they’re the size of a retainer instead of a CPAP.
Dr. Parris Kitt at Kitt dental can design sleep apnea appliances for your entire family. Call 903-561-4477 for a consultation and visit this Flint dentist to preserve your long-term health.