Sleep APNA Appliances
If you are experiencing sleep apnea or if your snoring at night keeps you and your partner awake, it is important that you seek the help of our office to get a diagnosis and snoring solutions. Sleep apnea is a condition characterized by sleep interruptions caused from your airway being blocked during the night. Often, the blockage is caused by the tissues in the back of your mouth hanging down too far, and when you breathe, they restrict your airway. This leads to constant interruptions in your sleep – whether you’re aware of them or not – and consequently, you will experience fatigue and drowsiness throughout the day.
Signs of Sleep Apnea
If you are experiencing sleep apnea, you will show some warning signs that are a good indication that you have this condition. Some of the signs of sleep apnea include:
- Sore throat or dry mouth in the morning.
- Gasping or choking sounds while sleeping.
- Extreme levels of tiredness.
- Excessive, loud snoring.
- Headaches in the morning.
- Falling asleep easily during the day.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Many patients do not like using a CPAP device, and this can be for good reason. The device is loud and can cause a distraction, which makes it difficult to sleep as well. If you are looking for an alternative to the CPAP, we can make you an oral appliance.
The appliance is custom made to fit and should be worn while you sleep at night. The appliance works to move your lower jaw forward slightly to keep your airway open while you are asleep. Wearing the appliance allows you to get uninterrupted sleep, and it prevents you from snoring as well.
What Is the Next Step?
If you think you are experiencing sleep apnea, it is important that you receive a diagnosis quickly to ensure that you do not experience any life-threatening conditions. Sleep apnea can contribute to heart problems, blood pressure issues, diabetes, and even migraines.
We can perform a screening and, if we suspect sleep apnea, we will refer you to a sleep study specialist who will conduct a sleep study to diagnose you with the condition or rule out other conditions. Once the sleep study is completed we can begin talking about your condition and form a treatment plan. If you have already had a sleep study completed and you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, we can form a treatment plan once we have done a consultation in our office.
Come See Us Today
Before we can begin any type of sleep study or recommend an oral appliance, we must see you in our office for a full consultation. During this time, we will go over your symptoms and discuss your health with you as well. It is important that you understand the condition and that you know what is going on.
At Kane Family Dentistry, we are here to help you and provide you with the best quality care possible. If you are ready for a consultation or have any questions, give our office call today.
This custom-made device puts your personal comfort first. It is crafted from a lightweight, flexible and metal-free material and give you the freedom to talk and drink, unlike any other appliance.
- The NARVAL is one of the smallest oral appliances available, making it extremely comfortable to wear and easier to sleep in.
- This device has flexibility allowing you the freedom to talk and drink water.
- Does not enclose your front teeth, providing great comfort and reducing post-wear sensitivity.
How does it work?
NARVAL simply holds your jaw in a forward position. This expands the space behind your tongue to reduce airway collapse and help prevent obstruction and snorting. Worn nightly, NARVAL significantly reduces sleep apnea symptoms and improves quality of life.
EMA works by opening the bite and gently advancing the mandible (or jaw) with elastic straps to increase airway space. If you think is this custom made oral appliance is the fit for you contact Kane Family Dentistry today to schedule a consultation.
- You can easily change the EMA elastic straps yourself, no additional trips to the dentist.
- You can talk and even drink water while having it in your mouth.
- It is completely free of metal and the EMA straps are latex free.
The TAP is a custom-made adjustable appliance that is worn while sleeping. The trays of the appliance, which look like whiting trays, fit over the upper and lower teeth and hook together. The TAP holds the lower jaw in a forward position so that it does not shirt or fall open during the night. This prevents the airway from collapsing.
The TAP is:
The TAP is the only mandibular advancement device that can be adjusted easily while in your mouth. This feature allows the patient to be in control of their treatment. Most patients experience relief the very first night they wear their TAP. It does take a good week to get used to wearing the appliance. If this sounds like it is the appliance for you give our friendly staff a call to set up a consultation appointment.
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