Sleep apnea is a dangerous health condition that can rob patients of quality rest, their personal enthusiasm, and their overall quality of life. You might not know that a dentist can actually help treat many cases of obstructive sleep apnea, but it’s true – personalized oral appliance therapy is available here at Young Family & Cosmetic Dentistry! Dr. Dan Young welcomes patients from all over the Joplin, MO area, as well as all the way from Arkansas and Kansas for life-changing relief and interruption-free sleep at last. Contact us today if you have any questions for our team, or if you’re ready to schedule a consultation.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when a patient’s airway is being partially or fully blocked while they’re unconscious. This prevents breathing and causes the brain to send out an emergency alert, forcing the patient to wake up and clear their airway. Many people don’t even remember these moments in the morning, but they can take place dozens, even hundreds of times over the course of the night. This results in deeply fractured and ineffective sleep. Common symptoms of sleep apnea that patients and their bed partners can look out for include the following:
During your initial appointment, Dr. Young will use his state-of-the-art Cone Beam Scanner to create comprehensive, 3D images of your airway and determine how to properly treat your sleep apnea. Then, he will design the ideal oral appliance that can be worn comfortably during sleep in order to prevent blockage. Wearing an oral appliance can be a godsend for patients who’ve struggled with traditional CPAP therapy – it’s easy to use, quiet, and simple to transport when needed. Best of all, you’ll love waking up feeling well-rested and ready for the day again.