If you feel restless during the day, it could mean that you are one of the millions suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition that impacts your breathing during the night, causing your body to not get enough oxygen to support normal daily functioning. Fortunately, there is a simple yet effective treatment available from your dentist. At TMJ & Sleep Therapy of Utah, we help our patients in the Payson, Utah area feel well-rested again with the help of sleep apnea therapy.
Obstructive sleep apnea is when the airway becomes blocked either by the tongue or tissue in the back of the throat, keeping you from breathing normally. One of the common myths of sleep apnea is that is is only found in invidiauls who are overweight or obese. While individuals who struggle with their weight are more at risk for severe health risks related to sleep apnea, sleep apnea has more to do with the structure of an individual’s oral and esophageal cavities than excess weight. Other risk factors include high blood pressure, chronic nasal congestion, age, smoking, and diabetes.
Sleep apnea can be the cause of many long-term complications and health problems, including:
Oral appliance therapy is a highly effective way to keep the airway open while sleeping. Compared to bulky, noisy CPAP machines, oral appliances are easy to slip on before bed and dramatically improve your quality of sleep. The custom-fabricated appliances fit securely over the teeth so you can feel confident that they will not slip out of place while sleeping. The appliances are also easy to take when traveling to continue to get better rest on the road.
At TMJ & Sleep Therapy of Utah we believe in full, comprehensive treatment. Our Sleep Apnea Therapy treatment includes more than a device. Included are regular check-ups with Dr. Gunnerson, at-home sleep studies, and oral sleep appliance adjustments.
Everyone deserves to sleep soundly, and with the help of oral appliance therapy from TMJ & Sleep Therapy of Utah, we can make this happen sooner rather than later. If you are in the Payson, Utah area and want more information on oral appliance therapy, call us at (801) 658-0175 .