How your dentist in Denver, CO, can treat your sleep apnea
If you are concerned about sleep apnea, you should be. Sleep apnea can cause a number of nasty effects, including the shortening of your life. Fortunately, your dentist can help treat this issue and give you a better night of sleep.
Here at Center for Headache, TMJ, and Sleep Disorders in Denver, CO, Dr. Steven J. Wilk offers state-of-the-art sleep apnea treatment with the Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance—read on to learn more.
Sleep apnea and you
So, how do you know if you should be concerned about sleep apnea? You may have sleep apnea if you:
- Snore loudly
- Wake up with a headache
- Wake up with a sore throat
- Wake up suddenly, choking and gasping for air
- Are often sleepy or groggy throughout the day
Sleep apnea is caused by the tissue at the back of your throat relaxing and collapsing. This tissue then blocks your airway while you sleep, reducing the level of oxygen that reaches your vital organs, including your brain and heart. Untreated sleep apnea increases your risk of having a stroke, heart attack, memory impairment, and other serious medical conditions.
For years, the only available treatment for sleep apnea was the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine, commonly known as CPAP. This device is connected to a facepiece that fits over your nose and mouth while you sleep. However, some people find the CPAP machine constrictive and difficult to clean, leaving them to discontinue treatment.
Dr. Wilk offers another treatment option: the Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance. This small appliance fits over your upper and lower teeth to keep your lower jaw forward, thus creating an open airway while you sleep. With this device, you can sleep deeply and uninterrupted while your body enjoys normal oxygen flow.
If you are concerned about sleep apnea, you owe it to yourself to talk with your dentist about the Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance. Call Dr. Steven J. Wilk of Center for Headache, TMJ, and Sleep Disorders in Denver, CO, by dialing (720) 677-6947.