Sleep Apnea Treatment In Atlanta, GA
Are you a chronic snorer? Do you find yourself feeling extremely exhausted throughout the day even though you’ve slept a normal 7-9 hours? Do you nod off at your desk or need a nap in order to feel better? If so, you could be living with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). If you’ve already been diagnosed, and you’re looking for relief, you may be surprised to discover that our Atlanta, GA, dentist Dr. Janet Kearns can help.
Living with Sleep Apnea
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you may be using CPAP every night to keep your airways open. While this is still the gold standard for treating OSA, we also know that there are many people out there that don’t find CPAP effective or aren’t candidates for this treatment. This is why Dr. Kearns is proud to offer oral appliance therapy to her patients dealing with mild to moderate forms of OSA. After all, treatment is required for this sleep disorder, otherwise you risk serious health complications including heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
What is oral appliance therapy?
Imagine, simply popping in an oral device that fits over your teeth like a custom-fitted mouth guard and then drifting off to sleep. Imagine that this device was all you needed to get quality sleep and to control your sleep apnea. Pretty simple, right? We think so, too. Oral application therapy is a great option for those patients dealing with milder OSA symptoms and the device fits over your upper and lower teeth and is connected on the sides, where it shifts the jaws slightly forward to keep airways open while you sleep.
What are the benefits of oral appliance therapy?
We know that while CPAP is incredibly effective for controlling sleep apnea symptoms, that the noise of the machine can often keep people up at night, which is the opposite of what we want. We want our patients to finally get quality sleep. Oral appliance therapy can offer that. This simple, comfortable device just fits over your teeth like a night guard and helps prevent obstructions in the airways. It’s comfortable, simple, convenient and easy to care for. Plus, it’s easily portable, so if you travel a lot for work or pleasure, this device is easy to take with you.
What does it take to get a sleep apnea oral appliance?
You will need to come into our practice so Dr. Kearns can evaluate your sleep apnea, examine your mouth and determine if you are an ideal candidate for sleep apnea. From there, we will choose the best oral appliance to fit your individual needs. Molds are then taken of your mouth so that we can create a custom dental device that fits comfortably. Once you are fitted with this device, you will continue to come into our practice for checkups and follow-ups to make sure that the treatment is working effectively.