Sleep apnea is a sleeping condition characterized by repeated pauses in breathing during sleep. The pauses in breathing usually last for few seconds and could happen a hundred times. People who suffer from sleep apnea typically wake up partially between sleep as they struggle to breathe. Additionally, the condition causes the body and the brain not to get enough oxygen needed. At St. Helena Studio of Aesthetic Dentistry, offer Sleep Apnea Treatments to prevent further problems that can be associated with sleep apnea and allow patients to have a peaceful sleep.
There are two types of sleep apnea:
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA): The type of sleep apnea that occurs when the upper airway is blocked because the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapsed.
Central Sleep Apnea: This occurs when the brain fails to send a signal to the muscles that are responsible for breathing.
Why treat Sleep Apnea?
Patients who have sleep apnea should seek immediate medical attention to prevent further complications such as:
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Attacks, Heart Failure, and Irregular Heart Beats
- Worsening of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
Sleep Apnea Treatments
Varieties of dental devices can be used to alleviate sleep apnea. The appliances fall into two categories: fixed and adjustable.
TAP® 3 (Thornton Adjustable Positioner)
TAP® 3 is a customized two-part sleep apnea appliance that is placed over the teeth like sports mouthguard. The device prevents the tongue and soft tissues from blocking the airway by projecting the jaw forward. The appliance can be adjusted to make the wearer comfortable.
The appliance is used to pull tongue and lower jaw forward. This shift strengthens and opens the upper airway and oropharynx. The tool is comfortable to wear, and it is adjustable to fit the patient’s needs.
The appliance is used to relieve OSA and eliminate snoring by projecting the jaw forward. The material used for the device is VariflexTM; heat softening acrylic to make it easier to use. When using the appliance, it must be placed first on running warm water to make it pliable. Once it is positioned in the mouth, the acrylic hardens.
Herbst Telescopic Appliance
The appliance is made of acrylic with an adjustable metal wiring. It is held by clasps and friction grips in the mouth. It can be used for mild to moderate sleep apnea and can effectively relieve heavy snoring.
Sleep apnea treatments allow patients to get the adequate energy the body needs to function properly through preventing sleep interruptions.
If you are suffering from sleep apnea, book an appointment with St. Helena Studio of Aesthetic Dentistry for Sleep Apnea and its Treatments in St. Helena, CA. Our dental office is located at 1510 Railroad Ave St. Helena, California 94574.