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Your family may kid you about your loud snoring. But it’s no joking matter. Chronic loud snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea, a disorder that causes frequent pauses in breathing while you sleep, sometimes as many as hundreds of times a night. Sleep apnea not only robs you of rest; studies have also linked it to serious health conditions such as high blood pressure and stroke. If you are experiencing these symptoms, better seek your doctor and undergo a sleep apnea treatmentSleep Apnea Treatment at Attleboro Family Dental Care Read Transcript
Sleep apnea is when the situation—when the patient stops breathing while they are sleeping. When we have patient come to the office, we have like, short questioning where people, they fill this questionnaire when they are in the chair to do the comprehensive oral evaluation. We look for sign and symptom of sleep apnea.
The people, they grind their teeth, if their tongue gets big, if the palate is like, 90-degree shape. We assess all the stuff and we ask the patient if they snore. Many people like, they surprise what the connection between sleep and the teeth. This is, there's really connection because a lot of sign and symptom from the sleep can reflect on the teeth. Sleep apnea is an epidemic disease. It affects a lot of people and if we don't treat it, it can be very dangerous because this may affect like, the blood pressure and that may cause heart attack or stroke or increase the cholesterol.
We advise patient, in this case, to have a sleep study. We refer the patient to a sleep doctor and if they are like, the study come back that mild to moderate, so then we can help the patient solve this problem with an oral appliance. And one that people like you, they use the oral appliance, it help them a lot of ease and make them sleep better. And not only that: improve their life and their quality—their quality of sleep.
Our Attleboro, MA dentists in Attleboro Family Dental Care can evaluate you to determine whether you have sleep apnea and can refer you to a sleep center if a sleep study is needed. If you have apnea, they’ll help determine which treatment will work best for you, including a noninvasive oral appliance.
For information on our sleep apnea treatment, call Attleboro Family Dental Care at (508) 222-2510.
We Provide Customized Oral Appliances
The two most common forms of treatment for sleep apnea are:
- An oral appliance, which works by moving your jaw forward just enough to keep your airway open and unobstructed as you sleep
- A CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, which blows a stream of pressurized air through your airway
Both treatments keep your airway open, which helps you rest easier as you sleep – and your loved ones too, since your snoring should cease. But studies have shown that a large percentage of sleep apnea sufferers don’t consistently use a CPAP machine.
Our dentists in Attleboro, MA can create a custom oral appliance for your sleep apnea treatment. Like many other sleep apnea sufferers, you may find it preferable to a CPAP because it is:
- Less restrictive. Unlike a CPAP, which covers part of your face with a mask, an oral appliance fits in your mouth much like an athletic mouthguard. Most people find appliances more comfortable to wear than a CPAP.
- Easier to use. With an oral appliance, you don’t have to worry about becoming tangled in a cord as you sleep or finding a convenient spot to plug in your CPAP when you’re away from home.
- Easier to transport. You can easily carry your oral appliance in a small bag or purse.