Dental Treatment for Sleep Apnea: What You Can Expect
Sleep apnea is a serious matter and if you have recently received a diagnosis, you may have some questions about your future how well you sleep. A CPAP machine can relieve the problem of sleep apnea, but for many people, it creates a host of other issues.
- Difficulty sleeping
- Uncomfortable mask
- Noisy CPAP machine
- Difficulty traveling
Sleep Apnea Treatment in Indianapolis
At Shank Dental, we offer an alternative to CPAP therapy for patients who have mild to moderate sleep apnea. Here is what to expect when you come to use with a sleep apnea diagnosis.
Sleep apnea can only be diagnosed through a sleep study at an accredited sleep clinic.
CPAP therapy is not your only option. We offer convenient sleep apnea using oral appliance therapy.
What Is Oral Appliance Therapy?
Oral appliances can relieve a number of conditions:
- TMJ treatment
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Sleep apnea
When treating sleep apnea using oral appliance therapy, we design a special nightguard designed to gently open your airway by slightly protruding the lower jaw. Some sleep apnea devices also hold the tongue in place. Opting for oral appliance therapy means no heavy or cumbersome CPAP machine to lug around on family vacations and no mask to wear during sleep.
Often, patients report that they get a better night’s sleep and feel more rested by using oral appliance therapy alone. In other cases, patients have such severe sleep apnea that we can use oral appliance therapy in conjunction with CPAP therapy to prevent the medical conditions that accompany sleep apnea.
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Diabetes complications
- Obesity or weight gain
- Early cardiac-related death
We encourage you to contact us if you have sleep apnea and live in the Indianapolis area. Leaving your sleep apnea condition untreated may shorten your life. Dr. Shank and our team can guide you in the right direction for a better night’s sleep and improved quality of life.