Sleep Apnea Appliances
Sleep Apnea Appliances
Dental professionals do not only protect your oral health, but your overall health as well. The dedicated team at Christopher Louis, D.D.S., Inc. supports patients throughout the Fremont, Newark, and Pleasanton areas by offering oral appliances for obstructive sleep apnea treatment. If you have been diagnosed with a mild or moderate case and a traditional CPAP machine is too unbearable to wear, contact us today to learn about how our oral appliance options can help you have a healthier and more restful sleep.
Signs of Sleep Apnea
Our Fremont dentist can help with treating obstructive sleep apnea, but you will need a formal diagnosis from a sleep physician in order to determine the presence and severity of this condition. Your practitioner may deliver such a diagnosis if you commonly experience one or more of the following symptoms:
* Excessive snoring when sleeping - often reported by a spouse or roommate
* Unusual daytime fatigue or an inability to sleep through the night
* Headaches, especially those that start in the morning and wane throughout the day
* Workplace accidents, memory loss, or other signs of insufficient sleep
Why Oral Appliances?
There are three potential solutions to obstructive sleep apnea - using a CPAP machine, various surgical procedures, or using an oral appliance. Our Fremont dental practice offers the third option for patients who cannot benefit from these other two choices.
Continuous positive airway pressure machines are the most commonly recommended treatment option for obstructive sleep apnea treatment: they are highly effective, minimally invasive, and consistently proven to result in a better night’s sleep. Unfortunately, many patients find that the mask which must be worn for a CPAP machine to work elicits a strong claustrophobic reaction. This sensation prevents the patients from sleeping easily, if at all; this situation, in turn, only exacerbates the serious health problems sleep apnea causes and negates the benefits of using a CPAP machine.
Another option is surgery, but this would only be recommended for extreme obstructive sleep apnea cases. These procedures usually involve the removal or relocation of soft tissue in the throat, mouth, or nasal passages, thereby widening parts of your airway and improving your ability to breathe.
If your sleep apnea case is only mild or moderate and you suffer a claustrophobic sensation when wearing a CPAP mask, a third option for your needs is an oral appliance. Upon informing our Fremont dentist of your sleep apnea diagnosis, he can fit you for an appliance based on your particular needs. These oral appliances can reposition the jaw during sleep, which keeps the airway open and minimizes the occurrence of sleep apnea episodes, as well as symptoms like snoring.
For more information about treating sleep apnea with an oral appliance, contact us today. Serving Fremont, Newark, and Pleasanton, Christopher Louie, DDS, Inc. can provide you with tailor-made options at an affordable price. We look forward to helping you sleep peacefully once again!