Sleep Apnea

If you’re prone to snoring, you’ve probably endured more than your fair share of good-natured jokes from family and friends when it comes to your nocturnal noises. But sleep apnea, and the chronic snoring it causes, is no laughing matter. This is understood very well by the many people in Heber City, UT, who have suffered from the other side effects of obstructive sleep apnea. Those side effects can include:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Waking up in the night choking or gasping for breath
  • Death

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

When you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, the muscles around your tongue and throat relax to the point where airflow to your lungs is blocked during sleep. Some sleep apnea sufferers find relief from surgery or a CPAP machine, but those options simply aren’t right for everyone. CPAP machines are well known to cause a number of ongoing, life-interrupting side effects, including dry mouth, nasal irritation and stomach discomfort. Plus, many people simply find sleeping in a CPAP mask intolerable. Fortunately, we can provide you with simple and effective oral appliances that can provide life-changing results. 

Oral Appliances

If you think you’re suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, don’t wait another day. For your health, consult with your doctor first to confirm your diagnosis. Then, call Heber Valley Dental to find out what oral appliance might work best for you and your lifestyle. These are the two devices most commonly used:

  • Mandibular advancement device (MAD): This device looks similar to a mouth guard, and it works by moving your jaw and tongue forward and away from the back of your throat. It also increases the size of your airway.
  • Tongue retaining device: This is a splint that holds the tongue in place, keeping your airway open.

We have had the privilege of helping many of our neighbors overcome their obstructive sleep apnea with the use of effective dental appliances. Please reach out to the caring team at our Heber City, UT, location, and we can help fit you with a comfortable, custom-fit piece that will help you achieve the safe, quiet sleep you and your family deserve.

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