Do you snore? Many people do, and most assume it’s harmless. However, severe, chronic snoring can be a sign of a much more serious problem – sleep apnea. If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea by your general doctor or a sleep specialist, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Whitney Davidson and her team at STAR Dental for assistance. One of our customized oral appliances can be a big help in curbing your symptoms and allowing you to finally get a great night of rest.
If you believe that you could have sleep apnea, we can help diagnose your issue and provide you with an effective, trustworthy treatment to improve your overall health. During our airway evaluation, we’ll measure how much oxygen you’re receiving as you breathe, which will help us determine the underlying cause of your obstruction. This will provide us with a better idea of what therapy will be best for your unique sleep apnea needs.
Are you wondering whether you have sleep apnea? We offer a basic sleep screening in our office to identify any obvious symptoms that you’re experiencing that could be linked to this condition. This is often the best place to start if you’re wondering whether taking a sleep study is even worth your time. If you’re experiencing chronic snoring, daily fatigue, or dull and thumping headaches throughout the day, call us so we can provide you with a sleep screening!
CPAP machines are typically recommended for sleep apnea treatment, but lots of patients struggle with wearing a mask over their face, listening to the respirator’s loud noises all night, and having to cart all the bulky equipment around with them when they travel. Thankfully, oral appliance therapy can make all the difference in the world. This simple, customized appliance is very similar to a typical mouthguard, but it’s designed to slightly reposition the jaw and tongue. This is all the help they need to keep their airway clear and their breathing steady throughout the night.
A mandibular advancing device is a specific kind of oral appliance that can be used to help patients suffering from sleep apnea. It works by gently shifting the lower jaw forward in order to prevent the airway from becoming blocked during sleep. Every device we provide is custom-made for each patient so that it comfortably fits over their teeth and enables them to sleep soundly throughout the night. It can also be used to treat associated TMJ issues that could be causing jaw pain and morning headaches!