Sleep Apnea Treatment
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea is a type of sleeping disorder, the main symptoms of which are snoring and difficulty breathing during rest.
The disorder can be highly disruptive to a patient’s mental and physical health – not only does the condition pose a threat to the person’s life during sleep, but it can also take a major toll on mental health due to an inability of the patient to get restful sleep.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea include:
- Moderate to severe snoring, choking, and gasping during sleep
- Night sweats
- Increase in exhaustion, anxiety, and depression
- Dry mouth
Types of Sleep Apnea
There are three main types of Sleep Apnea – obstructive, central, and mixed. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the type most commonly treated by dentists, as it has to do with the tongue or other parts of the mouth obstructing the airways during sleep.
Central Sleep Apnea is caused by neurological malfunction, while Mixed combines elements of both Obstructive and Central.
How Dental Devices Help Treat Sleep Apnea
In Obstructive Sleep Apnea, the airway becomes obstructed by the tongue. Using a dental appliance that fits into the mouth, the tongue can be kept in place and, thus, clear the airway of the patient as they sleep.
These appliances are safe, non-invasive, and much less expensive than other treatments.
Smile Crafters is always accepting new patients in Clermont and the surrounding areas. To learn more about sleep apnea or any of our other services, give our team a call to schedule your appointment today!