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Sleep Apnea Treatment in Jacksonville, N.C.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder where a person stops breathing repeatedly during their sleep. Pausing can last a few seconds or a few minutes and may inhibit your body from getting enough oxygen. It is normally caused by a collapse in the airway caused by soft tissues in the mouth, tongue or throat closing down and blocking airflow. The first sign of sleep apnea is usually loud snoring. Do your neighbors or family members complain about your loud snoring? Do you often feel tired or fatigued during the day? Has anyone close to you ever noticed that you stop or pause breathing during your sleep? If you answered yes to these questions, you may be suffering from sleep apnea and should have your sleep health evaluated.
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Oral Treatment Options

The traditional treatment for sleep apnea is CPAP. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Air Pressure and is a machine which pumps air continuously into a nasal mask that is strapped to the patient’s head during sleep. While this machine can be uncomfortable for some patients, it is a highly effective method to treat sleep apnea and improve sleep. This is the best option for patients suffering from severe sleep apnea

Other technology to treat sleep apnea includes custom a mouthpiece that fits much like a sports mouth guard. It holds the mouth slightly open and the lower jaw in a position that aligns the throat tissue to keeps it from collapsing. Many patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea often prefer this technology to the CPAP because it is a less restrictive and lightweight alternative that is optimal for use at home or while traveling.

Don’t let sleep apnea disturb your sleep and elevate your health risks. Come in to Pierpan Family Dentistry for a consultation. We can test your airways and monitor your sleep. Once we’ve reviewed your diagnostics, we will discuss your treatment options.