Fort Myers sleep apnea Oral Appliance treatment
Fiddlesticks Dental treats sleep apnea in Fort Myers and Southwest Florida. The US Department of Health & Human Services defines this affliction as a repeated blockage in the upper airway during sleep that decreases or completely stops breathing. The technical name for it is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Some common sleep apnea symptoms include:
- Restless sleep
- Morning headaches
- Loud snoring
- Waking up with dry mouth or a sore throat
- Sleepiness and/or reduced daytime energy
- Mood changes
As an effective first line treatment, especially for patients diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has approved appliances or oral appliance therapy (OAT). In addition, the FDA has given the go ahead on more than 100 oral appliances.
Similar to a sports mouth guard, these devices are worn in the mouth while the patient sleeps. The purpose of the appliance is to hold the lower jaw forward so the airway stays open and prevents the tongue and muscles from blocking and collapsing the airway, allowing smooth breathing during sleep.
Did you know that: Apnea comes from a Greek word that stands for “want of breath” and it is estimated that 18 million American suffer from sleep apnea.
Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) Advantages
Patients find that this effective, non-invasive treatment easily blends into their lifestyle because the devices are:
- Portable and convenient for travel
- Comfortable and easy to wear
- Easy to take care of
Fiddlesticks Dental Care, Fort Myers Sleep Apnea Treatment
If you have been diagnosed with the uncomfortable and potentially dangerous condition of sleep apnea in Fort Myers, Fiddlesticks Dental Care can help with the right oral appliance therapy to restore unobstructed breathing and sound sleeping, both resulting in overall health improvement.