Sleep Apnea Services in Little Rock and Maumelle
Sleep apnea is the temporary cessation of breathing during sleep. It's often times indicated by snoring, and typically, sufferers will wake up gasping for breath. Sleep apnea may occur repeatedly, resulting in a poor night's sleep and daytime drowsiness. The disease can also cause serious health issues such as increased blood pressure and the restriction of oxygen to the brain and blood stream.
There are more than 80 different oral devices on the market to treat sleep apnea. "Tongue retaining devices" are a popular treatment technique, as are "mandibular repositioning dental appliances," or devices that move the lower jaw forward. Both of these options serve to reduce the likelihood of the tongue falling backward and blocking the airway.
Oral appliances are most effective in the treatment of mild to moderate sleep apnea, although they do provide a treatment alternative for patients with severe OSA who cannot or will not tolerate positive airway pressure therapy. Despite their double-retainer-like appearance, oral appliances are typically comfortable to use. Sometimes for more complicated sleep apnea, an oral appliance and CPAP are used in combination.
Oral devices used to treat OSA must be prescribed by a physician and fitted by a dentist, oral surgeon or ENT who has sleep medicine experience. Dr. Austin's office is able to prescribe and fit these devices.
Are you ready to schedule a sleep apnea appointment with Austin Family Dentistry? Begin by filling out our sleep apnea history exam and online patient form.