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How Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treated?

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man holding his head and yawning from sleep apnea

Sleep apnea therapy is very successful, so why do so many individuals suffer so much from the disorder? Because it is often undiagnosed, therefore untreated. If you think you or a member of your family has sleep apnea, contact us at Edgewater Dental Arts for an evaluation. You might be surprised to learn that dentists have pioneered treatment for this sleep disorder.

Shaq Has It?

True statement. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, numerous celebrities suffer from sleep apnea, including retired basketball great Shaquille O’Neal. He has been a major proponent of sleep apnea awareness and treatment. Now, we can’t promise that sleep disorder therapy will allow you to slam-dunk like Shaquille, but we can promise you’ll feel much better with a decent night’s sleep!

Lifestyle Changes

Sometimes lifestyle changes can help with sleep apnea. Individuals who are overweight are more susceptible so major improvements in breathing can occur with weight loss. If you smoke, drink or use drugs, you are also more likely to suffer. Stopping these behaviors could help improve your sleep. Sleep apnea also messes with the brain’s neurochemical function which can lead to depression. Unfortunately, sometimes individuals who suffer from disturbed sleep every night turn to alcohol or drugs to either sleep at night, stay awake during the day, or improve their mood. Even more reasons why proper diagnosis is so important since these habits are harmful to your overall health.

Oral Appliance

Serious cases of sleep apnea are often treated with a CPAP machine. The individual wears a mask over their face and the machine blows pressurized air into a tube which keeps the airways open. However, many cases of sleep apnea DO NOT need to be treated with a machine. At Edgewater Dental Arts, our team can provide an oral appliance that you wear while you sleep. It is custom-made to fit your mouth. It repositions the soft tissues in your throat so they don’t collapse and block your airway. This type of treatment is more comfortable than a mask.

Edgewater Dental Arts Cares About You

We care about not only your oral health, but also your general health. And bad sleep leads to poor health. Contact us today if you think you might benefit from sleep disorder therapy.

Dr. John Cutting

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John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.