Sadly, millions of Americans have trouble sleeping due to a serious disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. Without adequate rest, quality of life can suffer, along with job performance. However, we can diagnose the disorder and recommend treatment options to help you sleep easy again. Will an oral appliance address your sleep apnea?
Frequently Asked Questions About Oral Appliances
Question: How does the device work?
Answer: The device will look similar to a nightguard. The patient wears the device at night while sleeping. The device fits comfortably, while moving the jaw forward slightly. Doing so prevents the collapse of soft tissue, which stops obstruction of airflow during sleep. The patient then breathes without obstruction, preventing further symptoms of OSA.
Question: Do you have multiple options?
Answer: Yes. We have a variety of devices available. We will assess the cause and severity of your disorder first. We can then decide which option will best address your disorder and help you rest.
Question: Will you also prescribe a CPAP machine?
Answer: We may use a CPAP machine on conjunction with the oral appliance. A CPAP machine involves wearing a mask over the nose and mouth. The mask is connected via a hose to a machine that pumps air. The air is forced through the nose and mouth, ensuring the patient enjoys uninterrupted breathing throughout the night.
Question: What happens if my OSA isn’t treated?
Answer: Without treatment, the disorder can lead to a greater risk of depression, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack. Your daytime exhaustion can also have a negative impact on your work and school work. You can also be more likely to fall asleep behind the wheel.
Would You Like To Learn More About Our Oral Appliances?
At James Stewart, DDS, we can prescribe a custom-made appliance to help you rest better. Dr. Stewart and our compassionate staff serve patients of all ages from Livonia, MI, as well as Farmington Hills, Farmington, Plymouth, Northville, Novi, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn, Garden City, Westland, Redford, and the surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (734) 425-4400.