Before you begin learning more about sleep apnea as a sleep disorder and about the way our Riverside, CA team can help you treat it, the idea may just seem like one big mystery. First, you may not have really had any idea you needed treatment! You may have simply thought you were just tired and that you were snoring a lot. However, upon closer inspection, either through considering symptoms or talking with us, you may have come to the realization that you may be a very good candidate for sleep apnea treatment. With that said, if you’re curious about starting treatment (and what to expect), remember that we are here to help!
Question: Does It Hurt?
Sleep apnea treatment is just a mouthguard you wear that’s completely comfortable. So no, it will not hurt!
Question: What’s The Appliance Actually Do?
We remind patients that sleep apnea treatment is not a pill or a procedure that we provide as an in-office treatment. Instead, the oral appliance is just something you wear when you are asleep at night. Pop it into your mouth, lie down, and go to sleep! What you’re experiencing in terms of treatment is a mouthguard that positions your jaw in a specific way. The goal, of course, is for the positioning to keep airways from their usual collapse, so you can breathe steadily throughout your nightly sleep (and so you can stay asleep).
Question: Will It Work Immediately?
While it’s possible that your sleep apnea treatment will work immediately, it’s also possible that you will also have to make other changes to promote your best sleep. Remember that if you’re consuming caffeine too late in the day, it may make it more difficult to sleep. If you take pain relief medication that relaxes your muscles, this may relax your throat muscles, which contributes to sleep apnea, too. Ask us about lifestyle changes, so you can make them alongside your oral appliance use for best results!
Question: How Can I Begin Treatment?
Get started by coming in for a sleep apnea treatment consultation! Just give us a call to set one up.
Start Treating Your Sleep Apnea
Don’t wait any longer if you think or know that you have sleep apnea. Remember that the earlier you begin treating this sleep disorder, the better it is for your health in the long run. Have questions? See us soon! Give us a call in Riverside, CA to schedule a consultation with your dentist. We are proud to serve patients from Riverside, Temecula, Moreno Valley, Corona, and all surrounding California communities. To schedule an appointment, contact one of the following locations nearest to you:
Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.
Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.
Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.
Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.
Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.
Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.