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Dental Treatment For A Better Night's Sleep

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Snoring may seem like a harmless sleeping habit, but it may be having a bigger impact on your daily life than you think. Commonly referred to as sleep apnea, snoring is basically a condition where your airways collapse, shrink, or are blocked, preventing you from getting enough air while you breath in your sleep. While those with chronic sleep apnea may have tried some at home therapy methods to help with their snoring, such as using a humidifier or putting on a nose strip to open the airway, many don’t know that there is professional dental treatment available that is designed to treat sleep apnea. At Macon Smiles, we proudly offer sleep apnea treatment to our patients from Macon, Forsyth, and the surrounding communities, so they can enjoy the restful night of sleep that they deserve.

How Sleep Apnea Affects Your Sleep & Your Health

When you snore, your airway is not allowing you to take in the oxygen that you need. As a more minor effect, this difficulty breathing often leads those suffering from sleep apnea to wake themselves up in the middle of the night, disrupting proper sleep cycles and decreasing the overall quality of their sleep. Chronic snorers will find that they feel more tired in the morning and have less energy throughout the day, since their body is not getting the rest it needs to fully recover from the previous day.  

If sleep apnea is left untreated over a long period of time, it can have even more drastic adverse effects on your health, such as increased risk of stroke, high blood pressure, memory loss, and more.

Dental Appliance Treatment For Snoring & Sleep Apnea

Some of the most common treatments that you see for snoring and sleep apnea are CPAP, which uses a machine to keep your airways open, and surgery, which will open up space in your airway for easier breathing through a minor surgical procedure. However, this is an alternative that’s just as effective as this other methods, and doesn’t require bulky machinery or any kind of invasive procedure: a dental appliance for sleep apnea.

This treatment involves creating a simple, wearable appliance that you can put on at night, which will position your mouth in a specific way to open up your airways to allow for more comfortable and consistent breathing. The appliance itself is reminiscent of a mouthguard, making it easy to wear and care for. Each oral appliance is custom made, so when you come in for your appointment with Dr. Shah for snoring therapy, will will take high quality images and a molds of your teeth to craft an appliance that fits you perfectly. Compared to other treatment methods, oral appliance are not only more affordable, but also recommended as a first choice before trying any other method since you could possible avoid having to purchase a CPAP machine or undergo surgery.

Contact Us & Get The Restful Sleep You Deserve

If you have any questions about oral appliance therapy for snoring and sleep apnea, just contact us a Macon Smiles and we’ll provide you with all of the information you need. If you’re ready to get the quality sleep that you’ve been missing all this time, schedule an appointment with us by giving us a call at 478-757-8714 or by using our online appointment request form. Dr. Shah and our entire team look forward to meeting you and providing you with the professional dental care that our practice has been known for over the past 20 years.

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