20 percent of Americans are suffering from the problem of sleep apnea and most do not even realize they are affected by the problem unless it is pointed out to them by an expert in the medical fraternity. These people are accustomed to snoring loudly when they sleep, disrupting the quality of their sleep as well as that of their partners. Most are also unaware of how they can overcome the problem of snoring because of the perception that it is a natural occurrence.
The problem gets compounded further when people begin to develop issues with blood pressure if the problem with the loud snoring is not treated. Blood pressure issues always lead to heart disease making the individual a permanent recipient of medical care from cardiologists. Things would perhaps be a lot better if people try to understand the methods by which their habit of loud snoring can be controlled by using the oral appliance therapy pioneered by dentists.
The sleep apnea oral appliance is developed as a custom-fitted dental device for the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Dentists like Anne Chee, DDS, from dentistry in Houston are promoting the device as an effective, durable and comfortable alternative to the CPAP therapy or corrective surgery which may be suggested by physicians or cardiologists.
The dental oral appliance just needs to be worn on the lower jaw when sleeping to move it into a forward position. The forward movement puts the lower mandible into a comfortable position and relaxes the tissues at the back of the throat and ensures the base of the tongue does not collapse and block the airway. It results in giving the individual safe sleep without creating loud noises to wake everyone else around him or her. This is an option preferred by many patients as well as practitioners because of its comfort, convenience, and effectiveness.
Many men and women have discovered that the dental sleep appliance is the perfect solution to end the problem of snoring, treating sleep apnea and/or improving the quality of sleep. It is an ideal solution for patients who have been diagnosed with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea or even the people that have severe OSA but are either unwilling or unable to tolerate the CPAP therapy.
Dentists like Dr. Anee Chee have received training in dental sleep medicine and are working with sleep physicians to evaluate patients thoroughly to understand whether their quality of sleep is affected because of sleep apnea. The dental appliance to treat sleep apnea is only provided after the sleep physician confirms that the patient needs the appliance after all other methods of improving the condition have failed.
The dental sleep appliance is similar to a mouthguard and will be customized by the dentist for the patient’s mouth. The appliance will be developed from premium materials to ensure it is the strongest appliance available on the market. It can also be used by people suffering from bruxism which causes them to clench and grind their teeth.
Sleep apnea is not an infectious disease that has just arrived on the scene. It has been prevalent among people for ages and physicians have developed treatments to deal with this issue. Cardiologists were perhaps the first professionals to diagnose that the condition of sleep apnea can also cause other health issues such as hypertension, and heart disease. However, both physicians and cardiologists preferred to have a patient diagnosed clinically by using the polysomnography test which is considered as the gold standard for diagnosing sleep apnea. Dentists introduced dental appliance therapy much later than the existing tests that were being used by physicians and cardiologists. Thankfully, dentists managed to develop an affordable solution for dealing with the problem of sleep apnea because patients were no longer required to pay the high prices of polysomnography tests as well as the physician’s appointments.
The dental sleep appliance is proving to be the perfect solution for people suffering from sleep apnea. It is not only effective for controlling sleep apnea and loud snoring but is also affordable and makes it easy for everyone to approach dentistry in Houston for the appliance that can relieve them from the snoring.