Did you know that sleep apnea can shorten your life? It’s true! Sleep apnea results in a lack of oxygen to your vital organs including your heart and brain. Over time, oxygen deprivation from sleep apnea can result in an increased risk of having a stroke, a heart attack, memory problems, and other serious medical conditions.
Fortunately, you can achieve relief from sleep apnea symptoms and reduce the risk of serious medical complications with help from your dentist! Here at Denver Sleep Aea Center in Denver, CO, Dr. Steven Wilk offers a wide range of dental services, including treatment for sleep apnea—read on to learn more!
Sleep apnea occurs because the tissues at the back of your throat relax and block your airway, reducing your oxygen while you sleep. When you have sleep apnea, you may experience symptoms such as:
In the past, the only available treatment for sleep apnea was a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine, commonly known as a CPAP. However, many people find CPAP uncomfortable, restrictive, and difficult to wear. Others also found the machine difficult to keep clean and the result was frequent sinus infections.
Today, you have another option. It’s called the Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance and it works by holding your tongue and lower jaw forward while you sleep, keeping your airway open. The appliance is highly portable because you can just fit it in your pocket. You clean the appliance with a simple soaking. It’s also very comfortable to wear because it fits in your mouth, not over your face.