Sleep apnea and snoring are very common sleep disorders that can have serious health consequences if left untreated. While many individuals who have sleep apnea have been treated with a device called a CPAP machine in the past, there are now a number of new techniques available that eliminate some of the perceived drawbacks associated with CPAP therapy. Our dentists at Spring Lake Dental Care offer customized oral appliances that can be inserted just before you go to sleep. These appliances somewhat resemble orthodontic retainers and do not require a noisy machine or bulky tubes and wires to be effective.
Options such as Glidewell’s EMA® (Elastic Mandibular Advancement) and TAP® 3 Elite oral appliances are designed to help maintain open airways and a healthy flow of air through breathing passages while sleeping. They are applied directly to the upper and lower rows of the teeth, and each involve special mechanisms to keep oral soft tissues and muscles from restricting a positive airflow. These advanced oral appliances can help those suffering from sleep apnea and snoring to reduce the symptoms and the inherent health risks associated with the condition. With these state-of-the-art treatment options, many patients can enjoy a more peaceful night’s sleep while addressing the serious health ramifications that can be caused by untreated sleep apnea.
If you would like to learn more about our sleep apnea treatment options, please contact Spring Lake Smiles today.