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How Do Oral Appliances Help Prevent Sleep Apnea?
What your dentist in London, Ontario, wants you to know
Sleep apnea can shorten your life, and unfortunately, it is also very common. 18 to 20 million adults are diagnosed with sleep apnea, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Fortunately, your dentist can often treat sleep apnea very effectively with a simple oral appliance. Dr. Rondeau & Associates in London, Ontario, wants to help you discover how oral appliances help prevent sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is different from occasional snoring. If you have sleep apnea, the tissue at the back of your throat will relax and block your airway. This happens several times during the night, resulting in a lack of oxygen flowing to your vital organs, including your brain.
Sleep apnea causes annoying symptoms like sleepiness during the day and inability to concentrate, but it can also contribute to serious medical conditions including:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Memory impairment
Traditionally, people with sleep apnea wear a Continuous Positive Air Pressure machine, called a CPAP. The CPAP delivers a continuous flow of oxygen into your nose through a nosepiece. There are several problems with the CPAP including:
- Poor fit
- Discomfort with the appliance
- Difficult to clean
- Bacterial contamination
Thankfully, you now have a much better choice! It’s called an Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance and it is available from your dentist! You wear the appliance when you go to sleep and it works by moving your tongue and lower jaw forward when you are sleeping. Your airway is kept open and you experience normal breathing and a deep, relaxed, continuous sleep.
Dr. Rondeau will custom fit the appliance just for you to ensure comfort and a great fit. There are many reasons why people choose the Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance instead of CPAP. The Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance is much more:
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, before you invest in a CPAP machine, consider a better solution, the Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance! Don’t suffer from sleep apnea when relief is just a phone call away. Call Dr. Rondeau & Associates in London, Ontario at 519-455-4110. Find out more about how your dentist can treat sleep apnea by calling today!