You may need oral appliance therapy, and if your new partner has been complaining about you waking up in the middle of the night gasping for breathe, it may be time to face the truth. If you snore, wake up choking, or make gurgling sounds when you sleep, you could be suffering from sleep apnea.
People who sleep alone are less likely to be aware of the disorder. When you are asleep, you do not hear yourself snore and the breathing cessation episodes may only last a second. Your brain wakes you up signaling your throat muscles to do their job so that your brain can tell your body to breathe. Chances are you won’t remember waking up 30 or more times during the night because you can’t catch a breath.
If you follow Dr. Jack Ringer’s Blog, you will know that Dr. Ringer is a preferred oral appliance therapy provider who can help you sleep better with proven results that are comfortable and reliable. These days you don’t have to resort to a plastic tube and mask to get a good night’s sleep.
The CPAP machine is placed over the mouth and forces the back passageways to open allowing you to breathe. Although the device works, most who suffer from sleep apnea give up on the device after a few months because of comfort and convenience. Sleeping with a mask on your face isn’t the best way to introduce your new partner to your bed. With an oral appliance, you can breathe easier, and so can your bedmate.
Oral Appliance Therapy is something that you should consider if you suspect you may have or if you have already been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Leaving your CPAP on the nightstand collecting dust or avoiding a sleep study because the thought of a machine on your face all night turns your stomach, it’s time to call Dr. Ringer from Dental Cosmetics Anaheim Hills for a sleep apnea consultation. Oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea really can do the trick when it comes to feeling better when you wake up in the morning.
What is Oral Appliance Therapy?
Worn while you sleep, a custom made appliance will be made to fit your mouth. Not only will an oral appliance help you get a good night’s sleep, but it will also restore your energy making you feel alert when you wake up in the morning. The life changing appliance custom made by Dr. Ringer is worn while you sleep and fits like a retainer, which is worn by people who have worn or are wearing braces and for people who wear custom-made mouthguards.
The mouthguard works by supporting your jaw and pushing it forward. This helps your airways stay open while you sleep. Research indicates that oral appliance therapy is an effective solution to OSA.
When you schedule an appointment for oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea with Dr. Ringer an appliance will be recommended that best fits your mouth. With more than 100 appliances available that have been cleared by the FDA, having a qualified dentist is most important.
Oral Appliance Therapy Advantages
A non-invasive treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea, oral appliance therapy fits in with your lifestyle because it’s:
• Easy to use
• Easy to wear
• Easy to keep clean and take care of
During your Oral Appliance Therapy Appointment
Dr. Ringer and his team will work closely with your primary care physician to treat your sleep apnea using oral appliance therapy. During your first appointment, Dr. Ringer will discuss the benefits of oral appliance therapy, any side effects, and the cost of oral appliance therapy.
After completing a full clinical evaluation, which will include doctor’s records, digital pictures and x-rays, a model will be made from an impression or digital image that will be sent to the lab for manufacture.
When your new oral appliance is ready, you will return to your dentist in Anaheim Hills for your oral appliance fitting. Dr. Ringer will adjust for comfort and fit and advise you on maintenance and cleaning. After a few weeks, your sleep specialist may want to schedule another study to see if oral appliance therapy is working for your OSA.
To ensure optimum fit, Dr. Ringer will need to see you every six months to ensure the best fit as the way it feels can change if you have had any changes in your teeth and gums, have lost weight, or have had any other physical changes that could affect the way your oral appliance fits. For an appliance to be effective, it will need to be adjusted from time to time to ensure maximum results.
If your partner is complaining about your snoring or worried that you won’t wake up when you stop breathing for the 100th time it’s time to call and schedule an appointment for a sleep study referral. If you are diagnosed, call Dr. Ringer and schedule a no obligation oral appliance therapy consultation.
Sleep apnea doesn’t have to ruin your life. Call and schedule a sleep study with your doctor today, and if you do have sleep apnea, call Dr. Ringer for an oral appliance therapy consultation now.