Merry Dental Care Center is committed to doing our part to promote overall health and now offers effective treatment for snoring and sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a common and serious sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing repeatedly during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the throat muscles relax causing the tongue and soft tissues in the back of your throat to collapse and block your upper airway during sleep. When this happens, you may snore loudly or make gasping noises as you try to breathe. Your brain and body becomes oxygen deprived and you may wake up. This may happen a few times a night, or in more severe cases, several hundred times a night. Symptoms of sleep apnea include excessive daytime sleepiness, loud snoring, difficulty concentrating during the day, morning headaches, increased nighttime urination, unexplained weight gain, night sweats, mood changes such as irritability, anxiety and depression, increased heart rate or blood pressure and awaking with a dry mouth or sore throat. Left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can increase the risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes and other serious medical problems.
While many people have successfully treated their sleep apnea with the use of a CPAP machine, not everyone is able to tolerate this type of therapy. For mild cases and those with moderate to severe sleep apnea who cannot tolerate the uses of a CPAP, we offer personalized oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy is an easy to use, comfortable and portable treatment option for snoring and sleep apnea. The custom-fit oral appliance is worn during sleep and holds the jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway, preventing snoring and sleep apnea. We have undergone extensive training in dental sleep medicine and work closely with board certified sleep physicians to ensure that you are provided with the most comfortable and beneficial treatment for your sleep apnea.
If you are interested in learning more about the many advantages of oral appliance therapy, please call our office at (952) 942-0808 to schedule a complimentary consultation.
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