Do you struggle with sleep apnea or loud snoring? If you’re not getting a good night’s sleep, you’re losing precious recovery time. Fortunately, Thompson Dental can help by providing an oral appliance.
How Can A Dentist Help My Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the airway is blocked during sleep. This is usually caused when the muscles in the back of the throat are too relaxed. Dr. Sean Thompson can provide a mouthguard, similar to the mouthpieces worn during sports, that you can wear at night to keep your airway open.
If you’re not sure if you have sleep apnea, a proper diagnosis followed by the right treatment could make a world of difference. You may be at risk of sleep apnea if:
- You are over 40.
- You are male.
- You have a family history of sleep apnea.
- You drink alcohol or smoke.
- You are overweight.
- You have chronic nasal congestion.
- Your tonsils are larger than normal.
In addition, you may have one or more of the following symptoms:
- Snoring, especially loud snoring.
- Feeling excessively tired during the day.
- Memory problems.
- Mood swings or irritability.
- Waking up with a snorting, gasping, or choking sound.
- Chronic headaches that don’t respond well to medication.
If you are experiencing these risk factors or symptoms, you may need to seek help. Only a doctor can diagnose sleep apnea, which is why we encourage you to reach out for answers.
What Should I Do If I Have Sleep Apnea?
The first step after being diagnosed with sleep apnea is to consider your treatment options. A CPAP machine is effective, but it is also bulky and noisy. A CPAP machine may cause discomfort during sleep.
At Thompson Dental, we provide oral appliances designed to hold your jaw open just enough to keep your airway free from obstruction. These oral appliances are comfortable, portable, and easy to use.
When you come to visit our office, we can show you how the dental appliance works. We custom-fit the device just for you, so you can sleep comfortably through the night. Many of our patients have had success in treating sleep apnea with a nighttime mouthguard.