Sleep Through the Night
Our team at Dental Associates of Moreno Valley offers sleep apnea treatment for patients who suffer from this common sleep disorder. However, we find that many patients are often unaware that it is happening to them. By speaking one-on-one with you during your twice-a-year checkups and cleanings, your dentist can assist you in determining whether you need sleep apnea treatment.
Understanding Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that may cause you to wake up several times a night. The disorder is characterized by the collapse of throat muscles. The tissues in your throat prevent you from breathing, which deprives your brain of oxygen. Your brain responds by waking you up to breathe. You will likely wake suddenly gasping for air. However, these events are often over too quickly for sufferers to remember, which makes self-diagnosis quite challenging. Common symptoms include:
- You feel moody throughout the day
- You assume you have slept through the night but feel fatigued almost daily
- Your significant other has heard you wake during the night choking or gasping
- You have been told you are a loud snorer
- You experience dry mouth or a sore throat in the morning
Sleep Apnea Treatment
To treat this problem, our team will provide you with oral appliance therapy similar to treatment for TMD and bruxism. Your dentist will instruct you to wear a custom-crafted oral appliance while you sleep. The device will make minor changes to the alignment of your jaws. The repositioning promotes open airways, so you can breathe comfortably while you sleep.