Ladera Ranch, CA – Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that is characterized by sudden cessation of breathing during the night. Those who suffer from sleep apnea may snore loudly at night and complain of feeling tired after a night’s sleep.
Sleep apnea can have a serious impact on a person’s life. Patients who suffer from sleep apnea don’t only wake up tired the next day, they also are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure and are at higher risk for developing serious health issues, such as heart disease and diabetes. But, did you know that your orthodontist may be able to help?
“CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines have been the traditional treatment for sleep apnea,” says Dr. Robert Gire of Ladera Ranch Orthodontics. “And they are very effective, if worn properly and regularly. However, many patients find them to be very cumbersome to sleep with.”
Orthodontic appliances can be very effective in treating patients who sleep apnea. Rather than using a CPAP machine, you may be able to find relief by using a small, comfortable appliance, similar to a retainer, at night.
Dr. Gire and his partner Dr. Reza Salmassian create custom appliances for sleep apnea patients that allow them to get a restful night’s sleep. In a patient who suffers from sleep apnea, their breathing issues are caused by a narrowing of the tissues at the back of the throat, thereby blocking the airway. The orthodontic appliance will reposition the lower jaw, along with the tongue and soft tissues, to ensure the airway stays open and unobstructed.
“We find that for some patients, orthodontic treatment can offer relief from sleep apnea,” says Dr. Gire. “Tooth and jaw alignment, as well as the spacing of the dental arches, can affect a person’s breathing passages. Our treatment can improve airflow by ensuring proper positioning of the structures of the mouth while the patient sleeps.”
Orthodontic appliances for sleep apnea are a great alternative to a CPAP machine for many people. They are small and comfortable, making them easy to travel with and wear at night.
If you are one of the nearly 12 million Americans who suffer from sleep apnea at night, a restful night’s sleep can be found. Call Ladera Ranch Orthodontics today at 949-272-8782 to learn how a custom made orthodontic appliance can help you.