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Dealing With Sleep Apnea

Man with sleeping apnea and CPAP machineHas your general doctor or a sleep specialist diagnosed you with the sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea? Are you or your loved one experiencing such symptoms as:

  • Snoring while sleeping
  • Persistent grogginess or trouble focusing
  • Restless or disturbed sleep
  • Micro naps during normal day activities

If these symptoms sound familiar, you should talk to your physician about the possibility of sleep apnea robbing you of a restful night’s sleep. When sleep apnea impacts your quality of life, our Fredericksburg dentist may be able to help!

Is CPAP Always the Best Treatment?

For those who are treating their sleep apnea symptoms with a Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) machine, you know how frustrating it can be to deal with each night. Its difficult to work with velcro straps shift and move each time you put your mask on, its hoses wrap around you each time you turn over, and as if that were not enough, the mask often fits poorly and leaks air, leading to eye irritation. However, you can’t give up on your CPAP, because you remember how bad it is to wake up tired each morning.

What if you had another answer?

An Alternative to CPAP

Freedom Family Dentistry can provide patients suffering with mild sleep apnea symptoms with a helpful oral appliance to help alleviate symptoms of certain types of sleep apnea.

Woman exhausted from poor sleep due to sleep apneaMany people are often surprised to see just how effective an oral appliance can be. One of our patients in his 50s slept with a CPAP for 5 years, and after just one week of using an oral appliance, he was able to give up his CPAP completely! It’s a less obtrusive, more comfortable way to get the sleep you need as quickly as the first night. This custom appliance simply repositions the jaw to open breathing passageways that are narrowed by soft tissue obstruction.

If you’re interested in an alternative to CPAP that has shown beneficial effects on bothersome snoring, then talk to our Fredericksburg dentist about our oral sleep apnea appliance. Let us help you get a better night’s sleep! Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

If toothache and discomfort is getting in the way of a good night’s sleep, be sure to schedule a dental exam and consultation to discuss your options in extracting and replacing decaying or traumatized teeth.