A good night’s sleep has multiple health benefits. However, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders, about 40 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders. This staggering number makes sleep medicine crucial to many people’s well-being. But what is sleep medicine and what can it do for you? Find out with Dr. David Rosen at Dental Sleep Medicine of New England in Lexington, MA and serving Northwest Boston and the surrounding areas.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition which causes pauses in breathing, or apneas, during sleep. While this condition is often noticed first by bed partners since it occurs while the patient sleeps, some of the tell-tale signs of sleep apnea are excessive snoring, our dentist can help treat sleep-related conditions like sleep apnea using oral appliances and oral appliance therapy.
What are oral appliances?
Oral appliances are custom-made to fit your mouth. The appliance can either realign the jaw to sit slightly forward, pulling the tongue and soft tissues off of the back of the throat or physically hold the tongue in place out of the way.
What is oral appliance therapy?
Apneas often occur due to an obstruction in the airway. The obstruction itself is often the back of the tongue, which relaxes and blocks the throat. Oral appliance therapy uses oral appliances to help treat sleep apnea. This therapy is non-invasive and efficient. The type of appliance you will need depends on the severity of your condition, the physical makeup of your mouth, and other existing conditions you may have.
Dental Sleep Medicine in Lexington, MA
Oral appliances treat mild obstructive sleep apnea and snoring and may not be adequate for more severe cases. Oral appliances can help most patients suffering from these conditions with minimal or no side effects. If you think you could benefit from an oral appliance, a consultation with your dentist can help you determine if this is the best course of treatment for you and your condition.
For more information on sleep medicine in the Lexington, MA area, please contact Dr. Rosen at Dental Sleep Medicine of New England in Lexington, MA and serving Northwest Boston and the surrounding areas. Call (781) 674-2233 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Rosen today!