If you have noticed that you are feeling tired even after having a full night’s rest or your partner is complaining of loud snoring during the night, you may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. This is a sleep disorder in which your breathing is interrupted due to a problem with the airway. As it stops and starts during sleep, this uneven breathing results in a bad night’s rest, which can have negative and potentially serious effects on your health and daily functioning. Manchester Dental Group in Manchester, VT is proud to be able to provide some relief from sleep apnea symptoms with the use of sleep apnea dental appliances.
In addition to feeling tired or sleepy during the day despite getting enough sleep during the night, other symptoms of sleep apnea include:
Your dentist at Manchester Dental Group will not be able to provide you with the diagnosis of sleep apnea; you will have to first obtain this from your doctor or a sleep lab. A common test for the condition is called a polysomnogram, or sleep study. The test monitors your sleep throughout the night and can determine whether the problem is sleep apnea.
A popular and effective treatment of sleep apnea is using a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. When using this machine, a mask is worn during sleep, through which air pressure is provided through the airways to keep breathing steady. Though effective, this machine can be uncomfortable to use, so many patients prefer to use a dental appliance.
Dental appliances used to treat sleep apnea include a mandibular advancement device (MAD) and tongue retaining device. Both appliances work by keeping the airway open. A MAD looks similar to a sports mouthguard but has hinges, allowing it to ease the lower jaw forward. A tongue retaining device is a splint that keeps the tongue in position during sleep. Both devices must be fitted by a dentist or orthodontist. Your dentist at Manchester Dental Group has the expertise to provide you with a quality appliance that can help you find relief from sleep apnea symptoms in Manchester, VT.