While we all occasionally snore at some point in life, snoring can point to a much more severe condition — sleep apnea. This sleep disorder causes stoppages in breathing when sleeping, resulting in numerous unpleasant short- and long-term health complications.
Untreated sleep apnea causes more than snoring — insufficient oxygen supply and disrupted sleep patterns, night after night, strains your major organs, putting you at risk of heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and other conditions.
Thankfully, you can find “sleep apnea relief near me” at TMJ and Sleep Therapy of Utah. Our dentist, Dr. Cheyn Gunnerson, provides non-invasive, effective treatments to overcome sleep apnea in Payson, Utah.
Many sleep apnea types exist, but obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common. This condition occurs when the muscles at the back of the throat relax too much, partially or completely blocking the airway. When your brain senses low oxygen levels, it arouses your body to awaken to restore normal breathing.
These awakening episodes are usually brief, and you may not be aware of it! Unfortunately, these pauses can recur up to a hundred times a night, disrupting your sleep cycle. Lack of satisfying night’s sleep causes numerous unpleasant symptoms. Some include:
Diagnosing sleep apnea can be difficult because the sufferer may not even know about its existence. However, our doctor uses his sleep apnea experience to help diagnose and treat sleep apnea. We use a take-home sleep study kit to monitor your sleep pattern. We also use a 3D dental system to inspect your upper airway for any obstructions that cause OSA.
Traditionally, medical practitioners have always used a CPAP machine to treat OSA. While CPAP machines work, most patients dislike them because they are noisy, uncomfortable, and cumbersome.
If you can’t tolerate a CPAP machine, there’s yet another option. We use oral appliance therapy to overcome sleep apnea using a custom-made oral device. This oral splint puts your lower jaw in an optimal position and prevents the tongue and other soft tissues from collapsing.
You must use this dental device every night because you never know when the sleep apnea episodes will strike. But don’t worry — our device is made with precision to ensure it fits comfortably in your mouth. This way, you can breathe normally when sleeping in any position.
Here at TMJ & Sleep Therapy of Utah, we accept most major insurance providers. If you do not see your insurance provider listed, please contact our office directly.
We will be happy to take your information and do a complimentary benefits check to see how your plan will work with our office.