Sleep apnea leads to drowsiness and excessive daytime sleepiness. It’s a condition we encounter here at Colonia Dental Associates in Colonia, NJ. In sleep apnea, patients have a hard time getting continuous sleep because their breathing is interrupted several times throughout the night.
The main reason this happens is because their airway becomes obstructed. This can happen if the jaw or tongue falls back and occlude the airway. There are several treatments available for sleep apnea that are used based on the severity of the condition.
At Colonia Dental Associates, we can fit you with a dental appliance to help with your sleep apnea. There are two main types of dental appliances: mandibular advancing devices and tongue retaining devices. You need your dental appliance to fit perfectly or else it’ll make matters worse and can be very uncomfortable.
The way these appliances work is by keeping the jaw and soft tissues of the mouth positioned forward. By holding them in place, these appliances prevent the backward slippage of soft tissues and thereby obstruction of the airway.
They’re small so they are very portable and be taken with you wherever you go. Additionally, they don’t interfere with sleep.
CPAP is another device used in the management of sleep apnea and is considered the best treatment available so far. It relies on pushing air through the airways using high pressures to keep them open. The problem is that CPAP devices have side effects that can make them hard to tolerate.
For instance, CPAP devices can lead to dry sinuses and nosebleeds. They’re also very hard to sleep with. Sleeping with a mask on the face is difficult for many people.
Those who can’t tolerate CPAP can attempt to use dental appliances. They can be used together to lower the CPAP pressures needed for treating sleep apnea. Nonetheless, severe cases will need CPAP as dental appliances aren’t as effective alone.
Sleep apnea has many consequences that affect the body. Getting treatment is important, but it’s also important to get treatment that doesn’t interfere with sleep or make life difficult.
We serve residents of Colonia, NJ, as well as the surrounding areas of Avenel, Carteret, Clark, Edison, Fords, Iselin, Linden, Piscataway, Port Reading, Metuchen, Rahway, Sewaren, South Plainfield.