If you show any signs or symptoms of sleep apnea you should not ignore them. So where does your dentist come in?
Sleep apnea affects an estimated 22 million American adults. Sleep apnea is an issue that causes soft tissue to block the airway, preventing oxygen from reaching the lungs.
Your dentist will be able to offer an oral sleep appliance, similar to a mouthguard, that you will wear at night. This appliance supports the patient’s jaw and keeps an open airway through the night. If your dentist suggests one of these sleep appliances, here is what you can expect.
Step 1: Impressions
After determining you are a good candidate, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth. These impressions will be sent to a lab where your night guard will be made.
Step 2: Fitting
Once the lab has finished creating the sleep appliance, you will return to the dentist for a fitting. Your dentist will make any adjustments so that the night guard fits in your mouth correctly.
Step 3: Follow-Up
You will continue visiting the dentist to make sure the sleep appliance continues to fit correctly and is offering proper relief.
To learn more about sleep apnea and see if you are at risk, be sure to click here.