Causes of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Changes in your airway while sleeping cause sleep apnea and often are associated with snoring. As you sleep, your airway may narrow, resulting in limited airflow as you breathe, which causes your soft tissue to vibrate (snoring), or the airway may completely collapse, causing you to stop breathing.
You will need a preliminary screening from your dental team who can then refer you to an overnight Sleep Study (“PSG”) or Home Sleep Testing (“HST”) study.
The Dreamy Sleep Apnea Solution
OSA traditionally has been treated with a CPAP machine, which requires you to lie on your back with a mask over your face. At Asheville Dental, we offer a comfortable alternative to those suffering from Sleep Apnea. It’s the Mandibular Advancement Splint. Imagine a two-piece mouth guard that tilts your jaw forward, bringing your muscles and tongue along with it to clear the obstruction. It gives you the freedom to drink, roll on your side, and get up without having to remove a mask in the middle of the night.
We’re pleased that more than 90 percent of patients who have been fitted with the Mandibular Advancement Splint device have noticed improvements in sleep, concentration, and overall health!
If you’re currently wearing a CPAP and are unsatisfied, or if you have questions about sleep apnea, please don’t hesitate to give us a call for a free consultation.