If you suffer from the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. You may be surprised to learn that a dentist can treat OSA. However, at Pampered Smiles, Dr. J.D. Murray and Dr. William Alexander provide successful treatment using custom oral appliances. These devices are much more comfortable and convenient than older CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines. Effective sleep apnea treatment at our East Point, GA, office can improve your mood and concentration, and can even decrease your risk for serious health conditions.
Dr. Murray or Dr. Alexander will evaluate your symptoms and oral structure, to determine the best appliance structure for you. We will carefully design and customize your oral splint to provide the most effective treatment.
An Overview of Sleep Apnea
If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, it is practically impossible to get the complete rest that you need. During the night, your throat may become partially or completely blocked, preventing you from breathing properly. Sleep apnea can cause chronic exhaustion, irritability, forgetfulness, and snoring. It may also raise your risk for a number of serious health concerns, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.
Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
Though your symptoms may point to sleep apnea, we will need to obtain a conclusive diagnosis before recommending appropriate care. Pampered Smiles can supply a convenient at-home sleep study. The portable machine will measure how many breaths you take during the night and how often you wake up. If the initial test points to sleep apnea, Dr. Murray or Dr. Alexander may refer you to a specialist for a lab-based sleep study. This more in-depth test will monitor breath, oxygen saturation, and blood pressure, allowing for a clearer diagnosis.
A customized oral appliance can provide effective, gentle solutions for sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Treatment with Non-invasive Oral Appliances
After obtaining an accurate diagnosis, Pampered Smiles can provide a custom-made oral appliance. This oral appliance is also known as an oral splint. These appliances will fit completely over your teeth to reposition your jaws. This shift can guide your tongue forward and tighten the soft tissues around your airways so that they do not collapse during the night. Dr. Murray or Dr. Alexander will evaluate your symptoms and oral structure, to determine the best appliance structure for you. We will carefully design and customize your oral splint to provide the most effective treatment.
A CPAP mask can be uncomfortable and invasive when you try to sleep.
Oral Appliances vs. CPAP
If you have been treated for sleep apnea elsewhere, your doctor may have provided you with a CPAP machine. This device forces your airways open by blowing a steady stream of air through a face mask. Like many patients, you may have found it very difficult to adjust to a CPAP machine or are unable to keep the mask on during the night. In fact, you may have felt less rested with this device than you did before treatment. In contrast, oral appliances are small, custom-fitted, and easy to adjust to. In just a few nights, you may feel more rested and alert than you have felt in years. In addition, your appliance will be discreet and easy to pack. You will not have to worry about the noise caused by a CPAP machine or finding an electrical supply to power it.
Receive the Care You Need
If you suffer from OSA, effective treatment may be just a phone call away. Contact Pampered Smiles to schedule a consultation with Dr. Murray or Dr. Alexander.