TAP Appliances Provide Relief from Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Sleep Apnea Treatment for Patients in Sedona, AZ
Sleep apnea is a condition that affects millions of Americans each year. Not only does it leave you feeling groggy and poorly rested in the forming, but it can also severely damage your heart. It’s caused when you momentarily stop breathing at night when you’re asleep. Since the problem is only caused during sleep, many can suffer for months or years without knowing they have. Symptoms include feeling groggy during the day, falling asleep during the day, and feeling tired all the time.
Peak Family Dental Care in Sedona, Arizona offers a way for those who suffer from sleep apnea another way to get a full night’s rest other than the CPAP method. Below, we’ll discuss the disorder, how it’s treated, and how our method differs from typical treatments.
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Two Types of Sleep Apnea
There are two distinct types of sleep apnea that produce the same set of symptoms. The first is obstructive and the other is central. Central sleep apnea is a neurological disorder in which the signals from your brain aren’t making it regularly to the muscles that control your breathing. This type of sleep apnea must be treated using CPAP machines.
The other type of sleep apnea is called obstructive sleep apnea. This type of sleep apnea involves the throat closing up during sleep which causes a temporary blockage in the airway. While CPAP machines are an option, there is a cheaper option for obstructive sleep apnea that involves a mouthpiece to keep positive pressure on your jaw so your air passages are always open when you’re sleeping.
Symptoms of OSA
For obvious reasons, you need to breathe, even when you’re asleep. Chronic obstructive sleep apnea can have a cumulative impact on your heart and puts you at increased risk of:
High blood pressure
There is some evidence to suggest that chronic sleep apnea can contribute to the early onset of senile dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Headaches upon waking up/li>
Fatigue during the day
Dry mouth and sore throat
Sudden awakening at night
Cognitive and memory impairment
Mood disturbances and swings
If you are experiencing these symptoms regularly, you should contact a doctor and order a sleep study done.
Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea
The most common treatment for sleep apnea is the CPAP machine. However, many folks find it very difficult to fall asleep at night wearing the sleep apnea machine. While some have no choice but to get used to it, others have a second option that can be equally effective. If you’ve been diagnosed with OSA, Peak Family Dental Care can make a specially designed mouthpiece that prevents your throat from closing at night.
When you come in for an appointment, the Peak Family Dental Care team will review your sleep study results and then review your oral health to ensure that an OSA mouthpiece is the best option for you. We will scan the interior of your mouth and take X-rays of your jaw to ensure that you will benefit from the mouthpiece technology.
If we determine that you are a candidate for the mouthpiece, we will begin taking measurements for your jaw.
Customized, non-invasive oral appliances can help you gain relief from sleep apnea.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Peak Family Dental Care uses the TAP appliance to treat OSA. This can treat both OSA and horrendous snoring. The mouthpiece works by shifting your lower jaw into a forward position. This prevents your tongue and throat tissues from closing the breathing passageway and allows a steady flow of air into and out of your mouth.
The mouthpiece is made custom and fitted to your unique jaw. An excellent fit is a key element in making the technology work. They are also adjustable allowing you to get more features from the mouthpiece. Our doctors will work with you to determine the degree your jaw should be shifted to ensure optimal breathing throughout the night.
Most folks find this therapy much more comfortable than CPAP. In fact, the majority of patients we have coming who request oral appliance therapy have already struggled with their CPAP devices.
Monitoring Your Progress
Typically, patients will return for a second visit after two weeks to ensure that their device is comfortably positioned. We also offer at-home screenings that allow patients to track their progress after 90 days. The results of your screening allow us to determine whether your TAP appliance is improving your condition or if adjustments need to be made for increased effectiveness. Regular follow-up appointments can also be made as needed if you feel that your TAP appliance is not the best solution for you.
Committed to Your Well-Being
We are dedicating to helping our Sedona patients find comfortable relief from OSA and protect their health. If you believe you are suffering from sleep apnea or are unable to successfully treat your condition with CPAP, contact us online or call us at (928) 774-2500 to determine if TAP appliance is right for you.