Dentist in Germantown, TN discusses appliance therapy as a treatment for obstructive sleep apnea
At Dental Care of Germantown, patients in and around the Germantown, TN area have access to a wide selection of treatment options for their smile. What they might not realize is that Dr. Don Walley also offers solutions for conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Our dentist may recommend oral appliance therapy as a way of addressing this problem and improving overall quality of life for patients.
What is obstructive sleep apnea?
Dr. Don Walley describes OSA as a condition that causes patients to stop breathing several hundred times a night because of an inability to keep the airway open. The airway is blocked from excess fat on the neck, poor jaw alignment, or the tongue falling back into the throat. This condition can keep patients from feeling their best. Common signs that OSA is occurring include:
- Daytime fatigue
- Poor memory and concentration
- Chronic snoring
- Dry mouth in the mornings
When patients have received a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea, their primary care physician often recommends treatment with a CPAP machine. CPAP machines are cumbersome and uncomfortable for many patients, which keeps them from complying with treatment. Because of this, the condition goes untreated and patients continue to experience problems every day. Instead, patients can work with their dentist to obtain an oral appliance. This is a custom-made mouth guard that patients wear when they sleep to address the problems associated with OSA. Compliance with this treatment is much higher, as patients find the mouth guard to be extremely easy to use, clean, travel with, and comfortable to wear. Oral appliance therapy is highly successful for many of our patients diagnosed with OSA.
Visit Dr. Don Walley of Germantown, TN today!
At Dental Care of Germantown, our patients love receiving comprehensive care for a variety of dental concerns, including sleeping disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea. If you live in or around the community and want to speak to a dedicated professional who offers oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea concerns, we encourage you to book an appointment by calling (901) 472-7474 and visiting the office conveniently located at 7730 Wolf River Boulevard, Suite 104.Back to Sleep Apnea Page