We often get patients who complain of experiencing sudden jolts in the middle of sleep due to the inability to breathe. They wake up startled and gasping for air, which can be quite traumatizing for someone who was having a sound sleep a few moments before. This condition is called sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is the partial or complete closure of the airway that is caused due to the collapse of the tissues from the roof of the throat. Due to this, the patient would be deprived of the regular supply of oxygen to the lungs. This is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). In some instances, the lungs fail to suck in air as the brain wouldn’t signal them in time. This is called Central Sleep Apnea (CSA). Despite the cause of the condition, sleep apnea has to be treated at the earliest to prevent complications.
How can sleep apnea be treated?
At Montpelier Family Dentistry, we give great importance to the treatment of sleep apnea as we understand the severity of this health condition. Patients can make a few changes to their everyday routine by getting rid of a few unhealthy habits to get relief from sleep apnea. Some of them are avoiding the consumption of alcohol and smoking cigarettes, eating healthy, exercising regularly, sleeping in a comfortable and relaxed posture, etc. In addition to this, you may also need dental appliances to sleep better.
We offer simple oral appliances such as a customized-mandibular advancement device. Patients will have to put it on before going to bed, which keeps the airway open while you sleep peacefully. It brings the lower jaw forward and keeps the tissues of the roof of the throat from collapsing. You may also be asked to use a CPAP, or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. It is a device that supplies oxygen to your body through a pressurized oxygen cylinder and a comfortably fitting mask. By continuously maintaining a positive airway pressure, sleep apnea will be prevented.