Sleep Apnea/Oral Appliance Fabrication

A good night's sleep is invaluable to your overall health and wellness. //

Sleep Apnea/Oral Appliance Fabrication

A good night's sleep is invaluable to your overall health and wellness. //

Sleep Apnea/Oral Appliance Fabrication

Sleep Apnea/Oral Appliance Fabrication

A good night’s sleep is invaluable to your overall health and wellness. Obstructive sleep apnea is often undiagnosed and can be life-threatening. An oral appliance could be the solution you’re looking for.

It is estimated that 22 million adult Americans suffer from sleep apnea, with 80% of moderate and severe cases going undiagnosed. Aside from having a serious impact on a person’s sleep and overall whole-body wellness, if left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, chronic heart failure, atrial fibrillation, stroke, and other serious cardiovascular problems. 

What is sleep apnea?

There are three main types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea which is caused by a blockage of the airway usually by the tongue
  • Central Sleep Apnea which is caused by a signal failure between the brain and the muscles that cause you to breath
  • Complex Sleep Apnea, which is a combination of obstructive and central sleep apnea.

When it comes to oral appliance fabrication as a treatment for sleep apnea, dentists are primarily treating those with obstructive sleep apnea or the obstructive part of their complex sleep apnea condition, however, for those with Central Sleep Apnea who cannot tolerate a CPAP machine, oral appliances are a non-invasive option. 

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Obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when a person’s tongue and soft palate relax into the airway, stopping the person from breathing normally. When a person’s airway becomes blocked while they are asleep, their body will wake them up to restart their breathing. For people with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, this process of awakening can happen many times per night. 

How sleep apnea can impact whole-body wellness 

Aside from causing serious interruptions to a person’s sleep, leading to memory loss, fatigue and a weakened immune system, sleep apnea can also contribute to heart disease, diabetes, and other long-term health risks. Sleep apnea impacts virtually every part of the body including the digestive system, increasing a person’s chance of having fatty liver disease, and worsening the symptoms of acid reflux and heartburn. Closely linked to obesity and high blood pressure, sleep apnea can also increase the strain on a person’s heart leading to abnormal rhythms that may increase their chance of a stroke. All in all, what may seem like just a sleep condition can end up being detrimental to the whole body. It is important that people who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea seek out effective treatments. 

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5481 Wisconsin Ave, Suite 221
Chevy Chase, MD 20815