Sleep Apnea

Sleep Soundly with Sleep Apnea Treatment

Millions of people snore at night. But some people snore more often than others, and for many patients, it’s an indication of a sleep breathing disorder like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Marked by unusually loud snoring followed by moments of silence, sleep apnea is a condition that restricts and prevents your breathing while you sleep. It’s caused by mouth and throat tissues collapsing into your airway while you sleep, clogging it and preventing your breath from flowing. If left untreated, sleep apnea can deprive you of deep sleep and oxygen, causing serious effects for your systemic health and wellbeing.

How the Custom Sleep Appliance Helps

There are many different health and lifestyle factors that can influence the development of sleep apnea. In many cases, treating the condition means making necessary corrections to those factors. However, many patients can alleviate the symptoms of sleep apnea with the help of a custom-designed oral appliance, or sleep guard. The appliance can be crafted to fit gently and comfortably over your teeth while you sleep, keeping your lower jaw in a comfortable but slightly forward position to prevent your airway from closing. The appliance can often serve as a more comfortable and quiet alternative to the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine that many sleep apnea patients rely on.

Customized Treatment for Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Snoring and sleep apnea can significantly impact your sleep quality, and therefore, your overall health and quality of life. To learn how we can help you treat snoring and sleep apnea with a custom-designed appliance, schedule a consultation by calling Hillsview Dental in Rapid City, SD, today at 605-342-6652.