When you wake up in the morning, do you feel well rested? Getting a restful night’s sleep is not always a matter of how many hours you sleep — dozing may be the problem. If you feel fatigued even after what you think is a full night’s rest, you may be among the 25 million across the US who suffer from a chronic condition known as obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. OSA involves repeated pauses in breathing during sleep, obstructing the intake of oxygen during the night. At West Chester Dental Smile Center, your dentist provides customized treatment for West Chester sleep apnea with customized fabricated dental appliances.
Partners of patients with sleep apnea often lament the over the loud and frequent snoring they live (and try to sleep) with, and that is so characteristic of OSA sufferers. With obstructive sleep apnea, the muscles of the mouth and throat relax during sleep, falling back into the upper airway and restricting the passage of air. Snoring is usually a result of soft tissue obstructing the breathing passageway, so if you’re a snorer, you may want to get evaluated. With the help of custom oral appliances, your West Chester sleep apnea dentist can provide professional assistance with an easy to use device that fits in your mouth like a sports mouth guard or orthodontic retainer. Appliances to treat sleep apnea are fully customized to every ridge and rise of your mouth, for an extremely comfortable fit. By holding up the soft tissues that would otherwise obstruct your airway, this custom device, as an added bonus, can help to limit snoring during the night!
All kidding aside, failure to get a good night’s rest can have serious—even life-threatening—consequences. With the help of a sleep apnea appliance, countless patients have reported getting a better night’s rest and feeling much sharper and more energetic throughout the day. If you believe you or your partner have been exhibiting signs of OSA, call your West Chester sleep apnea dentist at West Chester Dental Smile Center to schedule your next appointment today!