Sleep apnea affects about 22 million Americans. It’s a common condition that can cause serious health problems if left untreated. Fortunately, sleep apnea can be managed with mouth appliances and other treatments. At Sacred Dental & Associates, PC, Agatha Nwizu, DDS, offers treatment options for sleep apnea that help you get a better night’s sleep. Located in Stockbridge, Georgia, Sacred Dental & Associates, PC, is a comprehensive dental practice that prioritizes your complete wellbeing. Call the office today for an initial consultation.
Sleep apnea is a common but potentially serious sleep disorder. When you have sleep apnea, you repeatedly stop breathing as you sleep. Some people can stop breathing hundreds of times in a single night. Sleep apnea can be dangerous because it affects oxygen flow to your brain and the rest of your body.
The main types of sleep apnea are obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type, and it occurs when your throat muscles relax and block breathing passages. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain signals controlling your breathing aren’t sent correctly.
Sleep apnea appliances are often an effective treatment option for people suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. Worn only at night, these custom-fit appliances support your jaw and help keep your upper airways open. The appliance fits similar to a sports mouthguard and should be comfortable to wear as you sleep.
There are different types of sleep apnea appliances, and Dr. Nwizu works with every patient to find the best type for their needs. Wearing a sleep apnea appliance can boost your overall health, reduce fatigue, and support better sleep.
When you get an appliance, Dr. Nwizu takes a mold of your mouth and your appliance is created in a lab just for you. Once your appliance arrives, you will have a fitting appointment. Fitting ensures that the appliance is comfortable and effective. Sleep apnea appliances are easy to care for, convenient, and portable.
Snoring is one of the most noticeable signs of sleep apnea, but not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. If you’re feeling fatigued in the morning or are more irritable, or if you think you might have a sleep disorder, it’s important to seek treatment.
Learn to recognize the signs of sleep apnea, which include:
If you suspect you have sleep apnea, the team at Sacred Dental & Associates, PC, can help you get a diagnosis and find a sleep apnea treatment that works for you. Call the office today to schedule an appointment and learn more about sleep apnea appliances.