Daytime drowsiness, tossing and turning, waking up with a headache after you finally get a few good hours of sleep. We’ve all had bad nights, but for people with sleep apnea, those are just a few issues they deal with every single night. Sleep apnea is a common sleeping disorder that an estimated 22 million Americans suffer from. If you are one of those Americans who suffers with sleep apnea, Bonham Dental has a solution.
Sleep apnea got its name from the Greek word apnea, which means “without breath.” It is called that because those who suffer from the disorder actually stop breathing, or have very shallow breathing while they sleep. There are several different types of sleep apnea, but the three most common are obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, and complex, or “mixed” sleep apnea syndrome. There are al so several different causes of sleep apnea, such as the way your throat muscles and tongue relax, the size of your windpipe, and the shape of your and neck.
At Bonham Dental, we offer an oral appliance therapy, non-invasive, effective alternative for patients who are non-compliant with traditional CPAP treatment. Studies show that roughly half of patients find the traditional CPAP masks to be too uncomfortable to use and benefit from. Patients who are treated with fitted dental devices that are put in place before going to bed seem to have a more comfortable experience falling and staying asleep.
Since humans are said to spend roughly 25 years of their life sleeping, that time should not be compromised. According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep is essential for a person’s entire health and wellbeing, and the majority of people do not get enough of it. Improving the sleep patterns of someone with sleep apnea can reduce the risk of other health issues and even add years to their life. Some of the negative effects that sleep apnea can lead to include strokes, heart disease, hypertension, and increased blood pressure.
Sleep apnea can cause health issues as well as other problems that put other people at risk such as car crashes and other accidents, trouble focusing throughout the day, and even depression. The benefits of sleep are so strong on our overall health that sleep apnea is really not something that anyone should have to live with. Recognizing the signs, getting tested for sleep apnea, and finding a solution that works is the best thing anyone with a sleeping disorder can do for themselves and the people around them.
The solution that Bonham Dental offers is an oral appliance solution that holds the lower jaw forward and slightly open to help maintain an open airway, reducing snoring and apneas. Oral appliances are appropriate for patients with moderate sleep apnea and snoring management.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine states that oral appliances may serve as an alternative to patients who prefer them to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, or who do not respond to, are not appropriate candidates for, or fail treatment attempts with CPAP. Severe apnea patients can wear CPAP in conjunction with an oral appliance to dramatically reduce the air pressure flow, making CPAP much more effective, comfortable, and tolerable.
Bonham Dental Arts follow the guidelines of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) for the treatment of oral appliances in Obstructive Sleep Apnea and snoring management. We are devoted to the well-being of our patients and enjoy working with primary care physicians and sleep specialists. In most cases, the patient is covered through their medical insurance or Medicare. Your sleep study can be done in the comfort of your own bed at home without going to a dental sleep lab.
At Bonham Dental Arts, we can help you with your sleep apnea. Schedule an appointment with us so we can begin treat you. Once you and your dentist decide oral appliance therapy is the right option for you, we will select from several comfortable and long-lasting appliances tailored to your specific needs. We will monitor your progress on a yearly basis to maintain proper fit and effectiveness. You can look forward to years of improved health and sleep.