Sleep Apnea Dental Appliance in New Jersey
Sleep apnea is a condition where a person stops breathing several times while asleep and for significant periods. This leads to multiple awakenings that patients don’t usually remember. The consequences of sleep apnea are many, and at Emerson Family Dental in New Jersey, we do our best to avoid them.
Unfortunately, there’s no definitive treatment for sleep apnea unless there’s an obvious cause. The problem in most people is that their jawbones and tongue recede during sleep and obstruct the airway. For people with sleep apnea to live normal healthy lives, they need to use certain devices during sleep.
Mandibular Advancing Devices and Tongue Retainers
Mandibular (jawbone) advancing devices and tongue retainers are dental appliances we can provide at Emerson Family Dental that treat sleep apnea. They work by holding the jaw and tongue in place during sleep, thereby keeping them in position and the airway remains open.
Sleep dental appliances are mostly used for mild to moderate cases. They can also be used by people who don’t tolerate CPAP devices or in conjunction with them. They’re preferred by many people for their ease of use and because they don’t interfere with sleep as much as CPAP.
Complications of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea has multiple consequences on the body. For starters, you might not notice it, but sleep apnea will negatively impact the quality of your sleep. You’ll experience serious daytime sleepiness and fatigue, which can interfere with your life.
Additionally, not getting enough sleep and the cessation of breathing during the night are bad for the heart. People with sleep apnea are more likely to suffer from heart disease. This is especially true since one of the risk factors of sleep apnea is obesity. Obesity and sleep apnea are both bad for the heart and its blood vessels.
Getting your sleep apnea treated and under control shouldn’t be postponed or taken lightly. If your doctor decides that dental appliances are the way to go, then we can fit you in at Emerson Family Dental. We have the technology and experience needed to create these devices.