Germantown, TN dentist offers oral appliance treatment for obstructive sleep apnea
Patients in Germantown, TN who have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea may have been told by their primary care physician that the best course of treatment is a CPAP machine. However, these devices can be cumbersome, uncomfortable, and noisy, reducing compliance to less than 30 percent. Instead, visiting a dentist to learn about oral appliance therapy may be a great alternative option.
Understanding obstructive sleep apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is a condition that can impact one’s ability to get a good night’s sleep. It occurs when there is a blockage in the airway, such as the tongue relaxing too far back or poor alignment of the jaw. Obstructive sleep apnea can cause problems including:
- Daytime fatigue
- Chronic snoring
- Waking several times a night
- Poor memory and concentration
- Increased anxiety and depression
To combat these issues, it is necessary to find a method of keeping the airways open at night, so patients can reach the restorative levels of sleep they need to function at their best the following day. This can be achieved with oral appliance therapy with Dr. Walley.
What is oral appliance therapy?
Instead of utilizing an awkward device such as a CPAP machine, patients can ask their dentist about using an oral appliance. This is a specially made guard that fits into the mouth and helps keep the airways open in a more discreet and comfortable manner. Compliance with oral appliance therapy is much higher than with CPAP, making it the first line of defense against obstructive sleep apnea for patients who choose this method of treatment as an alternative.
Discuss oral appliance therapy with your dentist today!
At Dental Care of Germantown, patients can ask about this effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. Call us to schedule your initial appointment and evaluation today by calling (901) 472-7474 and visiting the office conveniently located in Suite 104 at 7730 Wolf River Boulevard. Our practice is open to new patients in the Germantown, TN area.Back to Sleep Apnea Page