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Many patients experience obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) disorders that disrupt sleep and leave you feeling exhausted. If your doctor or GP has diagnosed you with sleep apnea, our dentist near you can provide a custom-fitted oral appliance to alleviate symptoms.
Sleep apnea involves a disturbed sleep cycle during which the patient stops breathing many times during the night. Patients with sleep apnea often snort, gasp, or choke at night as the body resumes breathing again. They may also experience daytime sluggishness or fatigue.
Sleep apnea occurs when the upper airway is blocked and, if left untreated, can lead to several serious disorders like stroke, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Children’s OSA usually occurs between the ages of 2 and 6 but may affect children of any age.
If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, please contact Dr. Landress for personalized sleep apnea dental appliances near you.
There are two common types of oral appliances that help reduce sleep apnea symptoms:
MADs can be snapped onto the upper or lower teeth and are similar in appearance to orthodontic retainers or mouth guards. They can be snugly fitted over the upper as well as lower dental arches and connected with metal hinges. Mandibular advancement devices thrust the lower jaw and tongue slightly forward to prevent throat muscles from collapsing back into the upper airway.
Dr. Landress adjusts the MAD to allow for maximum movement of the jaw while keeping the patient relaxed during sleep. Tongue retaining devices are similar to MADs but have an additional compartment to keep the tongue from settling into the upper airway. Tongue retaining devices from Danbury Smiles – George L Landress, DDS, MAGD are more suitable for patients who experience difficulties with jaw movement.
Overall, sleep apnea oral appliances are lightweight, portable, and require less manipulation of equipment. If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, please contact our skilled dentist in Danbury, CT for individualized dental appliances custom-fitted for your unique needs.