How Does A Mouthguard Stop Sleep Apnea?

Did you know over 22 million people in the United States suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? Without treatment, sleep apnea could lead to major long-term complications. Fortunately, we have custom-made mouthguards to help our patients sleep better!

The Causes and Warning Signs of OSA

Sleep apnea happens when patients stop breathing in the night. The soft tissues in the back of the mouth and in the throat become too relaxed and then collapse, blocking airflow. The brain then notes the lack of oxygen and wakes the patient to breathe again. People usually don’t remember these episodes, although they may occasionally wake up completely gasping for air or choking. Patients with the disorder report daytime exhaustion, headaches, dry mouth, moodiness, and trouble concentrating. Without treatment, the sleep disorder may lead to a greater risk of falling asleep behind the wheel, depression, high blood pressure, and a higher chance of stroke and heart attack. Risk factors include excessive alcohol consumption, obesity, large neck circumference, deviated septum, and sinus or allergy issues. Often, we may suggest changes to your sleep habits to help you avoid apneic episodes.

Custom-Made Mouthguards

If you experience any of the warning signs we discussed above, then let us know. We will perform a thorough diagnosis to see if you need treatment. If so, we often address OSA with a custom-made mouthguard. The device will be worn at night as your sleep. The appliance then moves the jaw forward to keep airways open. Patients breathe without difficulty and enjoy a good night’s sleep. If you have any questions about treating sleep apnea, or if you think you need a diagnosis, then contact our team today. We don’t want poor sleep to hurt your quality of life, so let’s start 2019 with the ability to enjoy a good night’s rest!

Talk To Woodland Hills Dental Arts About OSA

We want to help you enjoy better sleep with our custom-made treatment options. Schedule a consultation by calling Woodland Hills Dental Arts in Woodland Hills, CA, today at (818) 347-5124. We also proudly work with patients from Thousand Oaks, Westlake, Encino, Sherman Oaks, and all other surrounding areas.