Sleep Apnea Treatment Questions in Bethesda, MD

dental treatment for sleep apnea bethesda marylandMillions of people do not get proper quality sleep due to the effects of snoring. More than just an annoyance, it’s often a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The most common treatment for OSA is a CPAP machine, but Dr. Roy Eskow of Bethesda Dental Implant Center, a respected dental provider in Bethesda, MD, can help with an alternative treatment in the form of a custom-made oral appliance to wear while you’re asleep.

Q: What causes sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is most commonly diagnosed in men, people over 55 and those considered obese or overweight. Certain sleep positions can cause the airway to become blocked as the muscles relax during sleep, allowing soft tissues to collapse in the throat and restrict airflow to the rest of the body. The sleeper with OSA will awaken multiple times overnight, often gasping for air, and usually wakes up feeling tired, may fall asleep during the day, and has issues with their memory and concentration.

Q: Isn’t the only option for sleep apnea was CPAP therapy? How does the oral appliance work?

While CPAP therapy is the most often prescribed sleep apnea treatment, an oral appliance offers a similar result with less intrusion into your normal activities. Both treatments are different ways of preventing the airway from collapsing during sleep when the soft tissue in the mouth is more relaxed.

Instead of a constant airflow keeping the airway open during sleep, as is the case with CPAP therapy, the oral appliance is custom-fitted to the patient’s mouth to set the mouth in such a way as to preserve the airway. This is done by the appliance repositioning the bottom jaw, moving it forward to keep the soft tissue from collapsing over the airway during sleep. These appliances are even sturdy enough to withstand bruxism, or teeth grinding, allowing even nighttime teeth-grinders to benefit from the device.

Q: How comfortable is a sleep apnea oral appliance?

Dr. Eskow meets with patients for an individual consultation where he will examine your mouth and make sure you’re fitted correctly and comfortably. The device does reposition the jaw, but it’s designed to fit comfortably inside the mouth with as little disruption to your sleep as possible. Most patients report a reduction in snoring while using the oral appliance, leading to better sleep and more alert and productive days!

Q: How do I get dental treatment for sleep apnea?

What makes an oral device comfortable and effective is how well it’s fitted to the individual patient’s mouth by a skilled dentist. Dr. Eskow will meet with you to discuss your needs, gather precise measurements and your mouth’s specific details, and will work with you to make sure the device is as comfortable as possible. Dr. Eskow doesn’t want you to stop snoring but wake up with a stiff jaw!

Our caring staff at Bethesda Dental Implant Center in Bethesda, MD wants to help you get better sleep. Call (301) 200-5222 or schedule an appointment online today.