The number one complaint we have with our bed partners is snoring. Snoring is closely related to sleep apnea. Pasadena residents should take note that if you are a regular, heavy snorer, it may be an identifier and precursor to sleep apnea.
“The very first night my husband used the appliance, we both experienced the best night’s sleep of our entire married life.” – Actual Patient
A sleep disorder can seriously affect your life. When you don’t sleep your body doesn’t have a chance to re-charge. It robs you of the opportunity to refresh your mind, body and spirit. This contributes to a shift in your behavior, your mood, your performance and your personality.
If you wake numerous times throughout the night, gasping for air, there is a good chance you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when there are significant pauses in your breathing; pauses that can last anywhere from a few seconds to a minute. This is a fairly common, but often undetected, disorder that can have serious repercussions on your health.
A significant number of people go through life not realizing they are affected by this disorder. Often, it is a bed partner or another person that recognizes what is happening and makes the condition known.
There is a solution besides the CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure)!
If you fall into the category of ‘disturbed by snoring’, or full out sleep apnea, there is help! Both these disorders have proven to be manageable when treated with a Dental Oral Appliance.
The SomnoDent sleep apnia appliance is a custom-made device, consisting of upper and lower dental plates with a unique patented fin-coupling component, which allows normal mouth opening and closing. The device is adjustable and provides incremental levels of lower jaw advancement, which improves the effectiveness and comfort-level of treatment.
Key features and benefits of the device include:
- Permits normal mouth opening
- Allows speech and drinking
- Provides full lip-seal Easily adjustable
- Safe and effective
- Clinically proven Custom-fitted
Dental Oral Appliance therapy involves the selection, design, fitting, and adjustments of a custom-fitted, adjustable oral appliance that is worn during sleep and maintains an opened and unobstructed airway in the throat. With a few necessary adjustments they have many advantages over other forms of treatment. Unlike a CPAP, these appliances are comfortable to wear while sleeping, small & portable, and easy to care for.
Both the American Sleep Disorders Association and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine recommend dental oral appliances for mild to moderate sleep apnea as a first line of defense for patients who prefer, do not respond, or have compliance problems with CPAP. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine further states that dental oral appliances should be fitted by qualified dental personnel who are specifically trained and experienced in the overall health, the temporomandibular joint, dental occlusion and associated oral structures.
If you or your loved one are concerned about the possibility of sleep apnea, are in Pasadena or the surrounding areas, and are seeking an effective, conservative solution, call our office to schedule your consultation with Dr. Nelson today!