Sleep apnea is a serious condition affecting millions of Americans. Fortunately it’s treatable. A device called CPAP is considered the gold standard. Unfortunatley a lot of people can’t stand CPAP. At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park, there is an alternative.
CPAP, which stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, requires you to wear a mask during sleep. As effective as the machine is, a lot of people find the mask intolerable. Unfortunately, many of them just stop wearing it.
Research has shown that oral appliances are very effective for treating mild to moderate sleep apnea. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine says they are comparable to CPAP in these cases.
They look a lot like an ordinary mouth guard, and work by repositioning the jaw to a more forward position. This moves the tongue forward, too, to help open your airway.
At Stewart & Hull Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Comstock Park we provide oral appliances to those patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea. We’ve prescribed them for people in Ada, Belmont, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford MI, who also come to us for family, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!
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