Now offered at Oak Hollow Family Dentistry is oral sleep appliances by Dr. Hoffman. This appliance can help people who have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). If you think that you have OSA, please call our office. We would love to talk to you about your options.
Oral Sleep Appliances in Draper, Utah
Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
The most obvious symptom of OSA is snoring. If a partner or someone else has heard you snore, come into our office for an evaluation. You may have OSA. Other common symptoms include:
- Night Sweats
- Tiredness Even After Sleeping All Night
- Dry Mouth or Sore Throat After You Wake-up
- Trouble Concentrating
What Are The Concerns With OSA?
OSA occurs when the top of the mouth closes off when sleeping. This obstructs the airway making it dangerous for patients. There are a few potential side effects when OSA is not treated. OSA causes tiredness when awake. This can lead to poor job performance and potential car accidents. OSA can also lead to chronic conditions such as stroke, arrhythmias, diabetes, heart attack, hypertension, and more.
Oral Sleep Apnea Appliance Options
Dr. Hoffman, at Oak Hollow Family Dentistry, now offers oral sleep appliances for patients with OSA. This sleep appliance fits in your mouth like a retainer. It will move the jaw forward to prevent the tongue from slipping into the back of the throat causing an obstruction. Not only can this device open your airway, it can also prevent teeth damage from teeth grinding. This is because the dental device covers the teeth, protecting them from damage.
Oral Sleep Apnea Appliances Versus A CPAP Machine
CPAP machines are also used for OSA. A CPAP machine pushes air into your mouth overnight to keep your airway open while an oral sleep appliance pushes your jaw forward to keep your airway open. So, which is better? It depends on your goals and the conversation with your doctor and dentist. Yet, an oral sleep appliance may be more comfortable. It is smaller than a CPAP machine and more discrete. This may increase your compliance with the device.
Call For An Oral Sleep Apnea Appliance
If you have one or more of the symptoms above, call us today! We would love to discuss your options. Oral sleep appliances by Dr. Hoffman are small, sleek devices. Not only are they discrete and comfortable, they can also prevent long-term health problems associated with OSA. Call us today for more information!