Sleep Apnea Treatment
Snoring may be more than just an annoyance. It may indicate signs of sleep apnea, where a person stops breathing during sleep due to airway obstruction in the throat. It is important to seek medical and dental treatment if you or someone you know has the following signs or symptoms of sleep apnea:
- Any observed breathing cessation during sleep
- Chronic snoring
- Feeling groggy, and excessively tired upon waking
- Headaches upon waking
- Dry mouth upon waking
Patients who have had a professional sleep study are often placed on a CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) machine. Many find the machine difficult to use because it requires wearing a cumbersome face mask, is quite noisy and limits sleep positions. Dr. Miller can provide relief through a simple alternative therapy. Patient’s are fitted with an appliance called a Thorton Adjustable Positioner (TAP) mouthguard; a highly effective, non-invasive therapy for snoring and sleep apnea. You wear it while sleeping – it easily snaps over upper and lower teeth. It works by holding the lower jaw forward, preventing the tongue and throat tissue from collapsing or blocking the airway. Patients are able to adjust the appliance to their own comfort level, making it easy to use.
Have a refreshing, comfortable night’s sleep, with help from James A. Miller, DMD. Call for your consultation today!