Dealing with sleep apnea day to day (and night to night) can take a toll on your state of mind as well as your overall health and wellbeing. That is why it’s so important to seek prompt and effective treatment for sleep apnea, before it gets out of control.
Our St. Louis sleep apnea dentists understand that sleep apnea sufferers are managing a number of unwanted symptoms, along with disrupted sleep. We offer treatment options that are designed to work with the patient’s life and routine, so that sleep apnea care becomes second nature.
Traditionally, obstructive sleep apnea has been treated through the use of a CPAP machine. CPAPs force a continuous stream of air through the patient’s obstructed airway. In order to use a CPAP, the patient must wear a facemask during the night.
Unfortunately, many people find the CPAP face mask to be uncomfortable, difficult to use, and cumbersome. This leads patients to give up on treatment, and forgo sleep apnea treatment all together.
Our Saint Louis sleep apnea dentists use CPAP alternatives to help patients maintain healthy oxygen intake during the night. Custom-fit mouth pieces, for example, can guide the patient’s lower jaw into a healthy position, so that the patient’s airway does not become obstructed.
These oral appliances are comfortable, and easy to take in and out at will. These mouth pieces can also be easily replaced and refined as they age. We have found that unobtrusive mouth pieces have much higher patient compliance rates than traditional CPAP machines, which means that more patients are getting the sleep apnea care that they need to stay well.
In order to successfully treat sleep apnea, our team must assess your condition, so that we can address the root cause of your breathing disruption. By taking the time to complete a thorough evaluation prior to beginning treatment, we increase the efficacy and efficiency of the sleep apnea treatment process.
If you think that you’re dealing with sleep apnea, now is the time to reach out for help. The sooner that you begin treatment, the better your long-term prognosis. The easiest way to get started is to call our Saint Louis sleep apnea dentists to schedule a consultation; we look forward to speaking with you!