Sleep apnea is becoming a significant health issue in the United States. According to the Cleveland Clinic, the condition affects about 25% of men and 10% of women. It is a severe condition that can affect individuals of all ages. When left untreated, it can lead to more significant health issues such as high blood pressure and heart trouble.
If you struggle with sleep apnea, your dentist can help. At Triad Dentistry in Greensboro, North Carolina, Dr. Steven Hatcher, and the team can provide you an alternative to the traditional CPAP machine that can be uncomfortable to sleep with every night.
We offer oral appliance therapy as an effective treatment for sleep apnea. This therapy consists of an oral device that acts as a retainer or mouthguard and supports the jaw in a forward position. The result is that your upper airway remains open.
There are many advantages to using dental solutions to treat your sleep apnea. Compared with a traditional CPAP machine, our oral appliance therapy is more comfortable, easier to wear, much more portable, and much quieter.
When you visit Triad Dentistry for help with your sleep apnea, we will start by getting a complete medical history and take the time to learn more about your condition and how it affects your life. We will also conduct a thorough examination of your teeth, jaw, airway and may need to get x-rays of your mouth. We may also request that you take part in a sleep test if you have not had one previously.
We will then take a mold of your mouth to have your custom-fitted and custom-made device crafted. When the device is ready, we will schedule an appointment with you to fit the appliance and make any necessary adjustments.
If you are struggling with sleep apnea or are unhappy with your traditional CPAP machine, call Triad Dentistry today at (336) 383-1482 to make an appointment with our experienced team of dentists to learn more about how we can help you.