Find answers to how to treat obstructive sleep apnea from your dentist in Wake Forest
If you still associate treatments for obstructive sleep apnea with a bulky and uncomfortable CPAP machine, Dr. Edmond Suh and his team at Supremia Dentistry want to change your perception of treatment. You can find a much more comfortable yet still effective option at your Wake Forest dentist’s office.
The root of the problem
Obstructive sleep apnea is just one type of sleep apnea. You may have the less-common central sleep apnea or a mix of both types, which is known as mixed sleep apnea. These types of apnea are distinguished by their cause.
Central sleep apnea is caused by problems with the way the brain communicates with the muscles that control breathing while obstructive sleep apnea is caused by slack throat muscles. If the muscles at the back of the throat relax too much, it can be difficult for air to travel through the airway. This impedes your breathing and causes you to wake up with a start. This pattern can happen 5 to 30-plus times each hour, which can add up to hundreds of times over the course of the night. It’s no wonder that individuals with this condition feel sleepy throughout the day! They’ve been waking up all night and may not even realize it.
Addressing the root cause
Oral appliance therapy is an effective alternative to cumbersome CPAP machines for obstructive sleep apnea sufferers as it readjusts the problematic alignment. For instance, wearing dental appliances as prescribed by Dr. Suh can bring your jaw forward and open up your throat. By opening up the throat, the air is able to travel through the airway unimpeded.
Your brain doesn’t send a frantic message, telling your body to wake up because you can’t breathe. You finally get uninterrupted sleep and feel more rested. Your work and school performance don’t continue to suffer, and your wife or partner may even thank you. After all, when you are waking up hundreds of times each night or snoring loudly, it can affect the entire family.
To find out more about how to treat obstructive sleep apnea, call your dentist in Wake Forest, Supremia Dentistry, at 919 556 6200.