If you are struggling with OSA (obstructive sleep apnea), chances are pretty good that you’re not the only one in your house who is losing sleep at night! The most obvious signs of OSA are loud snoring and interrupted breathing, both of which can cause your sleeping partner to lose sleep during the night. When you are looking into options for treatment, keep your loved one in mind because some options are better for sleep than others.
The usual treatment for OSA is a CPAP machine. The CPAP sits next to your bed and is attached to a mask that you wear over your nose and mouth. As you sleep, the CPAP forces air through your breathing passages to keep them open, which will prevent sleep disturbances. For patients who can wear the CPAP, this is the best option for treating OSA. However, most patients cannot or will not use their CPAP due to discomfort from the mask or being unable to sleep due to the sound of the machine. Many sleeping partners also struggle with the sound of the machine.
A Different Solution
Here in the office, we can help you come up with a better solution that allows everyone in the house to get more sleep. We generally recommend oral appliances for patients who struggle with the CPAP. An oral appliance is a piece that you slip in your mouth before going to bed. The appliance pushes the lower jaw forward, or holds the tongue in place. The idea is that the appliance can hold your airway open while you sleep, giving you much more rest.
We encourage you, if you think you might have OSA, to be checked soon because OSA is linked to other, more serious health problems. We are able to diagnose OSA right here in the dental office! Contact us today to set up your appointment. Let us help you and your loved ones get more, better rest at night!