Stop Suffering From Sleep Apnea!
Do You Snore? Do you wake up feeling unrested and groggy in the morning? Are you sleepy during the day? Do you fall asleep in public places or while driving? Are you a failed CPAP wearer?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, Dr. Shatto at American Family Dental, one of the best Dallas TX dentists, may be able to change your life with our state of the art oral appliance! We are referring to treatment for the serious condition known as sleep apnea. It affects one out of every five people and is comparable in prevalence to high blood pressure, diabetes, and asthma. But most people don’t realize that they have it! People with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have disturbed sleep and low blood oxygen levels. When obstruction sleep apnea occurs the tongue is sucked against the back of the throat which completely blocks the airway and airflow stops. When the oxygen level in the brain becomes low enough, the sleeper partially awakens and the obstruction in the throat clears allowing the flow of air to start again, usually with a gasp. Repeated cycles of decreased oxygenation lead to very serious cardiovascular problems. OSA sufferers are at an increased risk for stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure and many other medical problems. This condition is not to be taken lightly as can be life threatening and gets worse over time if not treated. Some common signs of OSA are snoring and teeth grinding.
Some patients have obstructions that are less severe called upper Airway Resistant Syndrome (UARS). In either case the individual suffers from the same symptoms. Options for treating sleep apnea include invasive surgeries that remove tissue from the back of the throat, machines that delivers pressurized oxygen through facial masks that cover the nose and/or mouth. Some people cannot tolerate these masks due to head and chin strap, claustrophobic harnesses and air blowing into their eyes. But now Dr. Shatto at American Family Dental is providing a service that is covered by many medical insurances and is comfortable to wear.
Mandibular Repositioning Devices are oral sleep appliances worn inside the mouth similar to a retainer or nightguard. This appliance helps to advance and hold the lower jaw forward while sleeping so that the tissues in the back of the throat cannot collapse thus keeping the airway wide open and oxygen levels optimum. Oral appliances were first used to stop snoring but have been proven to be an effective, more comfortable method for treating mild to moderate sleep apnea and for those who cannot tolerate a CPAP mask. Allowing a cleared pathway for oxygen flow to our bodies is key for not only daily sustained energy and function but warding off obesity and diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, depression and cancer. The oral appliance is also a great option for those that travel as it is relatively small compared to lugging a machine around. If we can help you feel more energetic and improve your quality of life, please consider coming in to see one of the best dentists Dallas TX for a free consultation.
Why consider a Mandibular Repositioning Device?
- It will stop your snoring and daytime sleepiness.
- It will increase your energy/focus.
- It will make you be more pleasant to be around.
- It may stop other related medical problems.
- It is less claustrophobic than a face mask.
- It is less invasive than surgery.
- It is covered by many medical insurances.
- It is easy to travel with.
- It will prevent loved ones from having to sleep in another room.
- It may help increase your productivity at work.
- It will vastly improve your quality of life!