Sunnyvale Sleep Apnea & Snoring Therapy - Sleep Disorder Treatment by Dr. Indah
Affecting millions of Americans every year, sleep apnea is the obstruction of the airway caused by the collapse of tissue at the back of the throat. While sleep apnea may initially seem like just a minor nuisance, it can quickly yield far reaching consequences
that may compromise your long term health.
At Ratna Indah DMD
, we help create solutions to restore healthy sleep patterns. As part of our commitment to total body wellness, Dr. Indah recognizes the long-term health consequences posed by sleep apnea. Our Sunnyvale dentist uses an oxygen saturation device that determines airway closure and works with a board certified sleep physician to help patients exhibiting sleep apnea symptoms get the diagnosis they need.
Sunnyvale Dentists and Sleep Apnea
From the characteristic snoring to dry mouth, sleep apnea can cause a number of dental issues that are often mistaken as other oral issues, such as bruxism (teeth grinding) or temporomandibular joint disorder. Thanks to the recommended biannual dental visits, dentists are more likely to notice and correctly diagnose these symptoms in comparison to physicians who only see patients when they are ill or once a year for routine checkups.
Oral Appliances: A Creative Solution for Sleep Apnea
While continuous positive airway pressure therapy is the gold standard for treating sleep apnea, many patients find using this treatment to be difficult. Many CPAP –prescribed sleep apnea patients are non-compliant with the solution, finding that sleeping with the device is uncomfortable, difficult to tolerate, and limits nighttime mobility.
With this in mind, more patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea are seeking alternative solutions with oral appliance therapy. There are a number of different types of sleep apnea specific oral devices, however the majority fall into one of two categories. The first, mandibular repositioning splints, move the lower jaw forward and indirectly pull the tongue forward, opening the airway. The second is tongue retaining devices, which hold the tongue forward preventing the back of the tongue from collapsing and obstructing the airway.
While both types of devices function differently, the benefits of oral appliances remains the same. When compared to CPAP therapy, oral devices offer a comfortable alternative that is easy to acclimate to, ensuring long-term patient compliance. Unlike the CPAP machine, oral appliances are small and convenient, making them highly mobile and easy to travel with. Additionally, oral appliances offer patients a customized, non-invasive, reversible solution to treating sleep apnea as the appliances can be changed out or adjusted over time.
Start Sleeping Right Tonight
For patients that find themselves non-compliant with CPAP therapy, we offer oral appliances to help patients achieve a good night’s rest. At our Sunnyvale dental office, we take the measurements to create a customized oral appliance. For more information about treating sleep apnea with oral appliances, contact Dr. Indah today.