Snoring & Obstructive Sleep Apnea

A good night’s sleep is essential to maintaining health. Everyone deserves to enjoy the benefits of proper rest and quality sleep. Mandibular Advancement Devices for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea can help.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Snoring?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the most common sleep disorder that causes breathing to repeatedly stop for a few seconds while sleeping. Snoring is the sound that is heard when Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs, muscles relax and soft tissue of the airway collapses and obstructs the airway. The body’s reaction is to disrupt sleep enough to start breathing again. When this happens throughout the night, the sleep cycle is not completed and a full night’s rest is not achieved. Anyone else in the household sleeping in close proximity to the person with Obstructive Sleep Apnea and/or Snoring may also be awakening frequently from the noise and be experiencing poor sleep quality.

Why Be Concerned?

Although not always aware of it, people with sleep apnea are waking up many times throughout the night. This poor quality of sleep can result in feeling fatigued the next day, as well as poor concentration or falling asleep unintentionally. Untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea can also lead to health problems like heart disease and strokes, and has been attributed to thousands of auto and work place accidents.

Hutchinson Dental Center Can Help!

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The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends Mandibular Advancement Devices (sometimes called oral appliances) for treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. Hutchinson Dental Center specializes in options that offer multiple benefits. In some cases where a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) solution hasn’t been tolerated, a Mandibular Advancement Device is a healthy alternative for a successful outcome. Some of the benefits of these devices include the ability to talk or drink water and the absence of noise while using it, which can equal a better night’s rest for your partner as well. Talk with one of our Dentists today to see if a Mandibular Advancement Device might be the right solution for you.

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Photo from EMA Oral Appliance

Photo from EMA Oral Appliance

 

A mandibular advancement device is custom made and works by increasing airway space. The device opens your mouth and gently advances the jaw. If you suffer from sleep apnea and snoring, contact Hutchinson Dental Center today to discuss your options and what is right for you.