Snoring and sleep apnea should be taken seriously. After all, in extreme cases, sleep apnea can result in death. Dr. Paul LeTellier of Chesapeake Family and Implant Dentistry in Chesapeake, VA, understands the severity of the situation and the consequences that ensue if immediate action isn't taken.
More About Sleep Apnea
Sleep is essential to a person's physical and psychological health, both short-term and long-term. One reason why people don't receive restful sleep is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This breathing disorder occurs when the muscles at the back of the throat relax so much that they limit or prevent airflow, consequently disturbing a person's sleep and causing them to snore.
When breathing stops, a person's body and brain aren't receiving oxygen. This will cause them to wake up with a gasp to open the airway, often several times a night.
How to Treat Your Sleep Apnea
You can find two basic types of oral appliances for treating OSA at our Chesapeake office: mandibular repositioning appliances (MRAs) and tongue-retaining (TR) appliances.
- MRAs move the lower jaw forward to open the airway. This works well for people who snore and/or suffer from mild to moderate sleep apnea.
- TR devices open the airway by keeping the tongue held in a forward position.
If all else fails, surgery is an option. Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty is when your dentist removes tonsils and other tissue from the back of the throat and roof of the mouth to cure sleep apnea.
Want to learn more about sleep apnea?
Interested in learning more about our snoring and sleep apnea treatment? Then call Dr. Paul LeTellier in Chesapeake, VA, today at (757) 436-0026 to schedule a consultation.