Sleep Apnea Dental Devices
Potomac Dental Group offers dental solutions for sleep apnea. If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and need custom made “mouth guards” to treat sleep apnea in Potomac, Maryland, call 301-983-2165 and schedule your visit with our dentist at Potomac Dental.
Sleep apnea is a very serious disorder where a person temporarily stops breathing for short periods time throughout the night, preventing them from getting the deep, restful sleep they need. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs because the airway is physically obstructed during sleep. This is most often caused by the soft tissues in the mouth and throat relaxing into and blocking the airway. Left untreated, sleep apnea can make a person consistently exhausted and even raise their blood pressure to dangerous levels, which can be very dangerous and adversely affect health.
Sleep apnea oral devices work by moving the jaw forward, which increases the size of the upper airway, thus reducing the air resistance that leads to sleep apnea and snoring. These custom sleep apnea mouthpieces, often called by the general public, ‘sleep apnea mouth guards’, are often most effective in sleep apnea patients who have mild or moderate sleep apnea.
Oral devices for sleep apnea are often used as a substitute for CPAP or sleep apnea oral surgery. Sleep apnea mouth guards are also anti-snoring devices. They reduce airway turbulence and stop snoring.