What is Obstructive Sleep Therapy?
If you struggle with excessive snoring, you could have a condition called sleep apnea. Luckily, your dentist can help you discover obstructive sleep therapy, a non-invasive treatment which allows you to breathe easier and sleep better. Read on to learn more about obstructive sleep therapy, and if you are interested in treatment, contact the dental sleep medicine specialists at the Attleboro Center for Dental Sleep Medicine in Attleboro Falls, MA!
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a medical condition that affects breathing during sleep. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common form of this condition, and it produces an obstruction of the airway which in turn causes patients to stop breathing for short periods of time. This pause is called an apnea. It is crucial that patients with sleep apnea receive the medical attention that they require, for this condition can become serious and even life-threatening.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Though the symptoms of sleep apnea occur while the patient is asleep, there are some tell-tale signs of this condition:
- Excessive snoring
- Apneas (pauses in breathing) while sleeping
- Waking suddenly gasping or short of breath
- Daytime sleepiness
- Morning headaches
- Dry mouth
- Irritability/mood swings during the day
Obstructive Sleep Therapy from our Attleboro Falls office
Your dental sleep medicine specialists can help you manage the symptoms of your sleep apnea with obstructive sleep therapy. This treatment entails that an oral appliance is worn while asleep in order to pull the bottom jaw forward and realign the airway to prevent it from collapsing throughout the night. The appliance is custom-made and fits perfectly into the mouth for a comfortable fit, allowing you to get a good night’s sleep.
For more information on obstructive sleep therapy, please contact Attleboro Center for Dental Sleep Medicine
in Attleboro Falls, MA. Call (508) 699-9550 to schedule an appointment today!