If you don’t sleep well at night and wake feeling tired rather than refreshed, the problem could be something as simple as the wrong pillow. Or it could be sleep apnea, a condition characterized by frequent pauses in breathing while you sleep. This disorder not only robs you of rest but is associated with health conditions like stroke and heart conditions. So it’s important to seek sleep apnea treatment.
Many sleep apnea sufferers get relief from an oral appliance that keeps their airway open as they rest. Our Peabody, MA dentists can take impressions of your mouth and other measurements and create a custom oral appliance that will work better than a one-size-fits-all appliance. Because of their experience in treating sleep apnea, they can also help you determine if you have it.
An oral appliance can:
- Help you get a better night’s sleep
- Keep you from experiencing related symptoms such as headache and fatigue
- Improve your overall health
For more information on how we can treat this condition, call 978-705-6051.
Find the Right Sleep Apnea Device
The two most common sleep apnea options for treatment are an oral appliance and a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, both of which are designed to keep your airway clear as you sleep. The appliance does it by gently shifting your jaw forward, while the CPAP machine delivers a constant flow of air.
Many people prefer sleep apnea treatment without using CPAP because they find an appliance more comfortable to wear. And no treatment will work if you don’t use it! In addition to comfort, many people find sleep appliances:
- Less invasive. An appliance doesn’t cover your nose or face or have tubing that can get tangled. It also won’t irritate your face, as a CPAP mask can.
- More convenient. You won’t need an electrical outlet or a battery for an oral appliance, and it’s easy to transport because it’s small enough to fit into a pocket or purse.
- More affordable. An oral appliance often costs less than a CPAP machine and requires no special care.