Obstructive sleep apnea affects millions of people in the U.S. During sleep, there are interruptions in breathing due to a blockage in the airway. Sleep apnea can be dangerous to your health, increasing the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and other serious conditions. People with sleep apnea often have headaches, feel fatigued and experience other symptoms from poor sleep. Plus, those with sleep apnea are more likely to snore, making nights unrestful for others in the home. To improve your health and stop snoring, Hollon Dental offers sleep apnea treatment at our clinic in Mobile, AL.
Sleep apnea is often caused by tissue in the throat or back of the oral cavity blocking the airway. This can be a genetic condition or may be due to weight gain, aging and other factors. Adjusting the jaw while sleeping can keep the airway open and improve breathing while eliminating snoring. A dental nightguard can be used for sleep apnea treatment, which is much less invasive and more convenient than using a CPAP machine. Our dentists at Hollon Dental can design a customized mouthguard that is designed for sleep apnea treatment. The nightguard is comfortable to use, as it is designed specifically for your teeth and mouth.
Relief from Snoring and Teeth Grinding
Using a dental nightguard for sleep apnea treatment can have other benefits. Nightguards are used for snoring and teeth grinding (bruxism) treatment. We use 3D digital imaging to create a “mold” of your teeth, and then your nightguard is created in a dental lab. Wearing it while you sleep can keep your airway open for relief from snoring and sleep apnea, helping you and others get a restful night of sleep. Plus, the nightguard protects your teeth and eliminates damage caused by teeth grinding, or bruxism.
If you have sleep apnea, bruxism or snore, you could benefit from wearing a nocturnal mouthguard when you sleep. To learn more about snoring, teeth grinding and sleep apnea treatment, contact us at Hollon Dental in Mobile, Alabama, to make your appointment.