Sleep apnea is something that can’t go untreated. But what’s the best way to treat your sleep apnea? At Carolina Sleep Solutions, we can determine if you need a Charlotte, NC sleep apnea machine, or if a dental sleep device will do the trick.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that can’t be taken lightly. It involves the muscles in the back of the throat relaxing during sleep and failing to keep the airway open. This causes breathing to be interrupted multiple times during the night. The oxygen levels are lowered in the body until the person wakes up just long enough to catch their breath.
However, you may not completely wake up when this happens. You may not even be aware it’s happening. If you have these other signs and symptoms, this may indicate that you have sleep apnea:
- Waking up gasping for air
- Excessive sleepiness during the day
- Struggling with learning and memory
- Trouble concentrating
- Waking up a lot during sleep
- Grinding teeth during sleep
- Waking up feeling unrefreshed, even after a full night of sleep
If you find yourself identifying with these things, it’s time to look into sleep apnea treatment.
What Treatment Options are Available?
Carolina Sleep Solutions focuses on two options for sleep apnea treatment. Dental sleep device therapy and dental sleep device therapy combined with a sleep apnea machine known as CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure).
Mandibular Advancement Devices (MADs) are the most common form of dental device used for sleep apnea treatment. These devices are customized to your mouth and are similar to a sports mouthguard. They change the position of the jaw and airway so that the airway stays open while you sleep. MADs are adjustable so that they can give the maximum amount of help, with the minimum amount of side effects.
Tongue Retaining Devices (TRDs) hold the tongue in a forward position to prevent it from blocking the airway. These focus on the position of the tongue instead of the jawbone. They can have fewer side effects than MADs, but can also be less comfortable and harder to sleep with because they’re focused on the tongue. They can be especially difficult for people with a bad gag reflex.
Either of these devices can be combined with a sleep apnea machine to further increase effectiveness. Many people struggle with the CPAP machine because of high pressure or an uncomfortable fit with the facemask. However, a dental device can help lessen the pressure of the CPAP without compromising the effectiveness of the machine.
Dental Devices and Sleep Apnea Machines in Charlotte, NC
Carolina Sleep Solutions is here to work with you to find the most effective sleep apnea treatment for your case. Call us today or schedule an appointment online!