Are you a heavy snorer? Do you wake up with morning headaches? If you answered yes, then there’s a likelihood that you’re suffering from a serious sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. A person experiencing sleep apnea may stop breathing and gasp for air and then resume breathing, only for this pattern to continue until they wake. Because of the constant interruptions, the affected person may wake up feeling fatigued and irritable.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the airways suffer obstruction, usually as a result of the collapse of the throat muscles. As the air struggles to flow through narrowed airways, the individual snores heavily.
Sleep apnea can compromise the quality of your sleep and life, as well as increase your risk for certain lifestyle diseases such as heart disease and hypertension.
If you’re currently struggling with sleep apnea in San Diego, CA, contact Modern Dentistry so you can get checked by our dentist near you.
Modern Dentistry offers excellent, patient-centric, and technology-driven sleep apnea treatment in San Diego, CA. Some patients who struggle with sleep apnea may experience tooth grinding or bruxism as well. Bruxism is detrimental to your oral health. We want you to overcome your sleep disorder so you can restore your oral and general well-being.
During your appointment, our dentist in San Diego, CA, will begin by conducting a thorough evaluation to determine if you’re showing signs of sleep apnea. If the dentist determines a need for it, you will get a referral to a sleep specialist.
Our dentist works collaboratively with the sleep specialist to create a unique and personalized sleep apnea treatment plan for you. Among the treatment options available for sleep apnea patients are oral appliances and, specifically, dorsal fin appliances.
Oral appliances for sleep apnea utilize the concept of repositioning the jaws to allow proper airflow as the patient sleeps, also known as mandibular advancement. Dorsal fin appliances feature two independent pieces that interlock when positioned in the mouth over the teeth. The upper component of dorsal fin appliances is adjustable, thus allowing the patient to control how far they want to advance their jaw.
If our dentist and specialist determine that a dorsal fin appliance is best suited for you, we will take your digital impressions and share this with the dental lab. The dental lab manufactures a custom, comfortable and well-fitting oral appliance for you, to keep your sleep apnea troubles at bay.
Don’t let sleep apnea come between you and a good night’s sleep. Contact Modern Dentistry today if you’re looking for sleep apnea treatment in San Diego, CA.