Sleep apnea is a medical condition that can present many dangerous health complications for those that suffer from it. Sleep apnea is more than just a condition that leads to loud snoring. Sleep apnea is associated with several health risks, including:
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Disease
- Brain Damage
Sleep apnea is not something you should take lightly, and when you visit Dr. Gin Goei, he will not either. Dr. Goei takes patients’ sleep apnea very seriously and offers oral appliance therapy to patients.
What Are Oral Appliances?
Oral appliances for sleep apnea are specially crafted devices inserted into the mouth to keep one’s airway clear during sleep. Oral appliances are prescribed for those who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. Those who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea cease breathing multiple times nightly due to physical blockage of the airway. The “gold standard” of oral appliances prescribed to those suffering from obstructive sleep apnea is the CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine. This appliance pushes air through the airway to keep it open while sleeping. While CPAP machines have proven to be highly effective, some are intolerant of them. In this case, you should speak to Dr. Goei about alternate appliance options. Alternate oral appliances could include:
- Mandibular Advancement Device
- Tongue Stabilizing Device
- Rapid Maxillary Expansion Device
How Do Oral Appliances Work?
Oral appliance therapy helps treat sleep apnea by removing the physical blockages that cause breathing to cease while sleeping. Mandibular advancement devices keep the airway clear by pushing the jaw forward. Tongue stabilizing devices keep the airway clear by pushing the tongue forward. Rapid maxillary expansion devices keep the airway clear by expanding the roof of the mouth.
Discuss Oral Appliance Options with Dr. Goei
Sleep apnea is dangerous and leads to several health complications. If you are ready to take this condition seriously, please contact Dr. Goei today to discuss oral appliance options. You will not only get a better night’s sleep, but you will also live a happier and healthier life.