Does your sleeping partner complain about your chronic snoring? While this nighttime habit might be annoying for your bed partner, it is often not a huge concern. However, in some instances, the presence of chronic snoring may be an indication of a more serious health concern called obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea, sometimes shortened to OSA, is a sleep disorder that causes patients to be unable to reach deep, restorative levels of sleep. This is due to blockages in the airways that wake them up hundreds of times in one night. Oakville, Ontario patients who have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, may be offered solutions for treatment such as the CPAP machine. Unfortunately, because these devices are uncomfortable and difficult to sleep in, many patients stop complying with treatment. Instead, the team at Sherwood Dental is pleased to offer an alternative solution with obstructive sleep apnea oral appliance therapy.
How does oral appliance therapy work?
Oral appliance therapy is a treatment option for patients who have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea through a sleep doctor or their primary care physician. While CPAP machines are effective at treating, they are often not used by patients because they are cumbersome, uncomfortable, and difficult to travel with. Drs. Stephen Gaines
and Arti Patel
of Sherwood Dental encourage patients to consider the advantages of oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy requires patients to wear a small, comfortable mouthguard while they sleep to maintain open airways and allow patients to get a restful night’s sleep without a nasal mask and large device. It holds down the tongue and aligns the jaw to keep the airways open without the need for a CPAP machine.
Discuss the benefits of oral appliance therapy with the team at Sherwood Dental
Drs. Stephen Gaines and Arti Patel are dedicated to helping patients with a wide range of dental solutions for their smiles. If you have received a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea but are unhappy with the CPAP device your primary physician recommended for treatment, now is the time to speak to the dentists of Oakville, Ontario, about the benefits of moving forward with oral appliance therapy instead. The office is located at 2892 South Sheridan Way and accepts new patients calling 844-951-8855 for an appointment