What obstructive sleep apnea solutions are available for patients in the Mesa area?
Dr. Edward Fritz and the staff of New Health Dental in the Mesa community welcome patients who are dealing with many dental concerns, but also those who are interested in receiving treatment for conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that can have many medical implications when left undiagnosed and untreated. The condition causes patients to be unable to breathe hundreds of times a night, resulting in them never reaching the restorative levels of sleep necessary to function at their best during the day. This can also cause problems such as daytime fatigue, poor memory and concentration, headaches, depression, and anxiety. Medically, it can increase one’s risk for heart failure, diabetes, high blood pressure, strokes, and evening the worsening of other conditions such as ADHD.
Patients who visit a physician with concerns of obstructive sleep apnea may be advised to take a sleep study. This is an evening where patients sleep under the monitoring of a medical staff to take note of issues occurring during sleep. Once patients have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, many doctors will suggest the use of CPAP therapy to address the condition. CPAP, which stands for Constant Positive Airway Pressure, is a device that uses a face mask over the mouth and nose to keep the airways open during sleep. Unfortunately, this device can be uncomfortable to wear. It is not usual for patients to stop complying with CPAP therapy because of this.
Thankfully, dentists such as Dr. Edward Fritz of New Health Dental can offer an alternative solution. This includes oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy uses a custom-made mouth guard that is worn at night to help keep the airways open. This is done by realigning the jaw and holding down the tongue to keep it from falling back into the throat. This, in turn, can allow patients to achieve a restful night of sleep and avoid the problems associated with obstructive sleep apnea.
Patients in or around the Mesa community who are concerned about the treatment of their obstructive sleep apnea are urged to work with a dentist who offers sleep apnea solutions outside of the traditional CPAP therapy. Contact the team of New Health Dental today for guidance on how to continue to address this sleeping disorder without uncomfortable, cumbersome devices.