If you or your spouse suffers from snoring or sleep apnea, you are far from being alone. Some 18 million Americans are said to have sleep apnea. In addition, there are 40 million who snore. Up until recently, solutions meant undergoing surgery or wearing a cumbersome CPAP device each evening. CPAP machines can be noisy, uncomfortable, and can cause their own sleep problems. Now there is an alternative treatment for sleep apnea and to lessen snoring. It is an innovative dental device from your Atlanta dentist, Peachtree Smile Center.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a condition that slows or stops airflow to the body. The brain reacts by causing the body to gasp for air, interrupting sleep. It is a potentially dangerous condition, that if left unchecked, can cause increasingly serious issues. Because CPAP devices are so unsightly and uncomfortable, many users simply decide to no longer wear them.
Peachtree Smile Center is pleased to offer a dental device that can be comfortably worn at night to address sleep apnea and its affects. The device looks much like a protective sports mouth piece. It holds the lower jaw in a more forward position during sleep. This prevents the soft tissue of the throat from collapsing and obstructing the airway. The result is improved breathing and reduced snoring. Wearers experience a higher quality of sleep as do their partners. It is a relatively simple resolution to an annoying and potentially dangerous issue.
If you've been diagnosed with sleep apnea, we invite you to see us at Peachtree Smile Center. If you have not been diagnosed but feel you are experiencing the symptoms, we can recommend you to a sleep study. If they determine you, in fact, have sleep apnea, the doctors can prescribe this innovative device.