Sleep Apnea Treatments (Oral Appliance Therapy, OAT) – Myrtle Beach, SC

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Overview

The disorder known as sleep apnea is recognized by continued stops in your breathing while you sleep. This is caused by the muscles relaxing and gravity pulling close your airways. The brief suffocation that happens creates excessive strain on the body, which may cause heart complications, like mood change, weight gain, fatigue, hypertension, and memory loss. There are many sleep or snoring apnea treatments to choose from, varying from airway surgeries, such as an adenoidectomy, maxillofacial surgery, tonsillectomy, or a CPAP device. Sometimes people are not pleased with these solutions. In these situations, they may turn to dental alternatives to help address the issue. At Market Common Dentistry in Myrtle Beach, SC, we concentrate on producing custom-fit nighttime guards to offer relief to our sleep apnea patients. Dr. James Mills is pleased to offer you this easy, cozy, and dependable support that will help you obtain improved health and well-being.

Best Candidates

Patients who suffer from severe sleep apnea are not ideal candidates to receive a dental-based remedy. In these instances, a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine could be among the greatest choices. However, if you have a mild to moderate snoring issue, a dental alternative might be exactly what you want. Sleep apnea could be harmful because it stops you from breathing naturally hundreds of times each night as the cells in your soft palate and throat collapse. When this occurs, your airway is obstructed, stopping oxygen from getting to your brain and other organs. So naturally, it is vital to have it treated and diagnosed properly using the very best options available.

What To Expect

Sleep apnea therapy by Dr. Mills at Market Common Dentistry uses what is known as oral appliance therapy (OAT), which may be an extremely effective treatment for sleep apnea. It is a customized device that fits in your mouth at night. It is often compared to a mouth guard for sporting events or even a retainer. The most important difference is that rather than protecting your teeth from trauma, it softly places the jaw into a forward position to continue to keep your airway open. There are over a hundred unique versions on the market so Dr. Mills will work together with you to be certain that you receive the most suitable one for you. This can be determined after he performs an evaluation of your tongue, airway, teeth, and jaw. You will also have oral x-rays performed so that Dr. Mills may create detailed impressions of your teeth for your dental appliance.

Follow-Up

After your dental apparatus has been made at the technologically advanced dental laboratory, you will be ready for a fitting. Market Common Dentistry will contact you to schedule your follow-up appointment. Dr. Mills will adjust and fit it according to your needs to make it as comfortable as possible. He will allow plenty of time to teach you about your sleep apnea appliance, including the proper way to maintain, store, and clean it. Additionally, Dr. Mills will ask you to bring your appliance to future appointments and return every year to examine it for wear and tear. Your overall quality of life will dramatically improve if you adhere to our directions correctly.

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Sleep Apnea Treatments

If your breathing was interrupted numerous times every day due to your own airway being obstructed, you would look for medical advice straight away. However, if the exact same thing occurs during your sleep, it might be all too simple to ignore because you will not recall it when you wake up. If you think you might be experiencing sleep apnea, then we urge you to set up an appointment at Market Common Dentistry at your first convenience.

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