How your dentist in Green Bay, WI, can help with sleep apnea
Did you know that sleep apnea can shorten your life? It’s true! Sleep apnea results in a lack of oxygen to your vital organs including your heart and brain. Over time, the oxygen deprivation from sleep apnea can result in an increased risk of having a stroke, a heart attack, memory problems, and other serious medical conditions.
Fortunately, you can achieve relief from sleep apnea symptoms and reduce the risk of serious medical complications with help from your dentist! Here at Green Bay Family Dentistry in Green Bay, WI, Dr. Adam M. Pasono offers a wide range of dental services, including treatment for sleep apnea—read on to learn more!
How Our Dentist Can Help Your Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea occurs because the tissues at the back of your throat relax and block your airway, reducing your oxygen while you sleep. When you have sleep apnea, you may experience symptoms such as:
- Chronic, loud snoring
- Waking up with a gasping, choking feeling
- Daytime grogginess or inability to concentrate
- Chronic hoarseness or a sore throat
In the past, the only available treatment for sleep apnea was a Continuous Positive Pressure Airway machine, commonly known as a CPAP. However, many people find CPAP uncomfortable, constrictive, and difficult to wear. Others also found the machine difficult to keep clean and the result was frequent sinus infections.
Today, you have another option. It’s called the Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance and it works by holding your tongue and lower jaw forward while you sleep, keeping your airway open. The appliance is highly portable because you can just fit in your pocket. You clean the appliance with a simple soaking, just like other appliances. It’s also very comfortable to wear, because it fits in your mouth, not over your face.
Need Sleep Apnea Treatment? Give Us a Call
To learn more about the Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Adam M. Pasono of Green Bay Family Dentistry in Green Bay, WI, today at (920) 432-8492.