Restore restful sleep, quality of life with an easy-to-use dental device for apnea in Payson, UT
Relief from the persistent fatigue, disruptive snoring, headaches, irritability, and other life-altering symptoms of sleep-disordered breathing is available at the dentist’s office. In Payson, UT, TMJ & Sleep Therapy of Utah is a pioneer in the state when it comes to using sophisticated and proven technologies to effectively and successfully treat problems rooted in the oral cavity and related structures. Dr. K. Cheyn Gunnerson uses diagnostics like the SICAT® system and CEREC® cone beam technology to create a prevision dental device for sleep apnea. Comfortable and non-invasive oral appliance therapy (that works) restores restful sleep for you and your partner. It also prevents the grave systemic consequences associated with the condition that interrupts your ability to breathe through the night continuously and adequately.
More treatment options than ever before
Traditionally, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) has been the treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. These machines deliver continuous air pressure through a hose connected to a nasal mask worn by the patient during sleep. The constant air pressure helps to keep the upper airway passages open. That way, you can breathe without interruption during the night. The muscles at the back of the throat are prevented from relaxing, collapsing, and blocking airflow through the airway.
CPAP remains an effective treatment; however, the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine reports only half of the patients who were prescribed this treatment continued to use the machine a year later. Some patients can’t tolerate the mask or the pressure that is generated when at rest. It is vital to find and comply with treatment because sleep apnea is linked to several severe conditions, including:
- High blood pressure
- Cardiovascular disease
- Cognitive impairment
- Mood disturbances
Additionally, due to daytime fatigue, people with sleep apnea are at greater risk of accidents on the job or while driving. Quality of life and your relationships also suffer due to very loud, chronic snoring, migraines, poor concentration, and irritability due to sleeplessness.
Fortunately, Dr. Gunnerson uses advanced imaging technologies to design an oral appliance that is easy to wear, easy to care for, affordable, and effectively repositions the tissues that block your airway and ability to sleep deeply, soundly, and consistently. Since we design these appliances precisely to your anatomy and specifications, the “nightguard” fits well and comfortably. It simply slips into your mouth similarly to other types of dental appliances or mouthguards such as retainers.