Snoring & Sleep Apnea: Treatment Options
Snoring & Obstructive Sleep Apnea — not so silent killers
Snoring is usually thought of as a nuisance: it robs the snorer (and usually the bed partner as well) of quality sleep. Very often snoring is a sign of something more serious: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Both Snoring and OSA are usually caused by an airway that isn’t as open as it should be, usully from the tongue falling back during sleep. Snoring is often treated (ineffectively) by an elbow to the ribs. OSA is usually treated with the use of a CPAP machine. Unfortunately, statistics show most people find they cannot tolerate wearing the machine.
For those a dental device can be made which will prevent the lower jaw from falling back and closing the airway. Most patients find it comfortable, unobtrusive, and easy to wear.
Often times medical insurance will pay some or all of the cost of the appliance if there is a diagnosis of sleep apnea from a sleep study.
To find out if you are a candidate for an oral appliance to treat snoring or sleep apnea, call our office for a free consultation —Daniel Island Office Phone Number 843-881-4545
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