Sleep Apnea Treatment
Do you wake up in the mornings from a full night’s sleep, yet feel unrested? Has your sleep companion complained of snoring coming from your side of the bed? Do you grind your teeth at night? All of these symptoms can be found in individuals with obstructive sleep apnea, and it could be affecting your health. Your airway may be blocked while you are sleeping, causing you to gasp, snore and sleep restlessly. Get relief and protect your health with a visit to Gilreath Family Dentistry for sleep apnea treatment.
An estimated 22 million people in the United States suffer from sleep apnea. For mild and moderate apnea (which most people with apnea have), a dental Sleep Appliance is the recommended treatment of choice NOT a CPAP machine! A dental sleep appliance repositions the lower jaw in a more forward position during sleep. This pulls the tongue away from the back of your throat and opens the airway.
Dr. Gilreath is an accredited member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He works closely with many ENT and Pulmonology groups in the area when you are diagnosed with sleep apnea. For many people, a CPAP machine is very uncomfortable and disrupts their sleep. A dental sleep appliance can often be used even if you have been prescribed a CPAP machine.
Relief from Snoring and Teeth Grinding
A customized dental Sleep Appliance is also beneficial for those who snore or grind their teeth when they are sleeping. The appliance is different from a nightguard used for grinding or clenching. A dental Sleep Appliance adjusts the jaw to help prevent snoring by keeping the airway open. The appliacnes also keep your teeth from touching, and so these appliances also reduce damage to your teeth and jaw while also reducing the noise that can be distracting for those who sleep near you.
Protect your smile and health with a good night’s sleep free from snoring and teeth grinding.
If you suffer from sleep apnea, loud snoring or teeth grinding, come see us at Gilreath Family Dentistry. Our dentists can perform an exam and create a customized sleep appliance if needed for treatment.