Chronic loud snoring can damage your relationship with your spouse or significant other. It can also do far worse things to your health if it’s caused by sleep apnea. In Lexington, we can improve the quality of your rest and your relationship with loved ones with a custom mouthguard.
A sleep apnea mouthguard will:
- Keep your airway open while you sleep, so you can breathe easily all night
- Lower your risk of high blood pressure, stroke, and other health problems associated with apnea
- Fit comfortably in your mouth, without the need for a face mask
- Be less disruptive for you and your bed partner than a CPAP machine
- Help you feel well rested and more alert during the day
A Sleep Apnea Mouthguard Offers a Comfortable CPAP Alternative
Obstructive sleep apnea is caused when soft tissue, often your tongue, blocks your airway while you’re sleeping. You briefly awaken so you can breathe – as many as hundreds of times a night for some sleep apnea sufferers. Two common sleep apnea treatments are:
- A CPAP Machine – The machine keeps your airway clear with a supply of pressurized air, which you typically breathe in through a face mask.
- A Mouthguard – We’ll fit you for a custom-made mouthguard that eases your jaw forward into a position that keeps your airway open. It resembles an athletic mouthguard, so you can easily take it with you wherever you go. Unlike a CPAP, it needs no electricity or batteries.
To relieve sleep apnea symptoms, it’s important to consistently use your prescribed treatment. Many patients find a mouthguard more comfortable to wear and less distracting to use than a CPAP. Our dentists are happy to prescribe a sleep test for you. If the test results in a formal sleep apnea diagnosis, insurance may cover at least some of your treatment cost.
If you think you may have sleep apnea in Lexington, call (859) 309-1356. Symptoms include snoring, daytime fatigue, and frequent headaches.
Common Questions About Sleep Apnea
Can sleep apnea cause depression?
Studies have linked sleep apnea to multiple serious health conditions, including depression. Some symptoms of depression and sleep apnea overlap, which can make it difficult in some cases to realize that apnea and depression may be related. With either condition, you may suffer from headaches, excessive fatigue, and difficulty concentrating.
How is sleep apnea treated?
The key to treating obstructive sleep apnea is keeping your airway open while you sleep. Two commonly prescribed ways of doing so are a CPAP machine and a mouthguard. With the CPAP, you inhale a stream of pressurized air through a mask. The mouthguard keeps your airway clear by simply moving your jaw slightly forward.
Are sleep apnea machines quiet?
CPAP machines do produce some noise, which can be annoying to you and your bed partner. Silence is just one of the advantages of treating sleep apnea with a mouthguard instead of a CPAP. Most people also find it easier to adjust to wearing a mouthguard and more comfortable. In addition, you can easily transport a mouthguard by simply putting it into a purse or pocket.