Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep condition that can affect your overall health and well-being. When a patient suffers from sleep apnea, or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), they may experience hundreds of episodes a night in which their breathing pauses or briefly stops. While loud snoring is often a disruptive symptom of sleep apnea, the condition can also lead to serious health issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and weight gain if left untreated. At Alora Dentistry, we have dentists who are trained to provide specialized dental care to treat sleep apnea using custom oral appliance therapy.
If you have mild to moderate sleep apnea or are unable to tolerate a CPAP machine, a nighttime oral appliance may be your solution for a better night’s sleep and healthier you. Our Napa Valley dentists use FDA approved appliances that are custom fit for optimal comfort and effectiveness.
Relief from Snoring and Teeth Grinding
Oral appliance therapy is used to treat common dental-related issues that occur during nighttime sleep, including loud snoring, teeth grinding and sleep apnea episodes. By wearing the oral appliance, your jaw can rest in a comfortable yet more open position. By opening the airways, the throat muscles and surrounding walls of tissue can’t collapse. This helps to prevent audible throat vibrations, known as snoring, while also allowing oxygen to flow freely to the brain while you sleep. A dental appliance or nightguard can also protect your teeth and jaw muscles from the damaging effects of teeth grinding or bruxism.
At Alora Dentistry, we realize the cause and effect relationship between your dental habits and sleeping habits. If you snore loudly, grind your teeth or wake up gasping for air throughout the night, we invite you to consider treatment from one of Napa Valley’s most trusted sleep apnea dentists. When necessary, we are happy to work with your physician to ensure your oral appliance therapy aligns with your medical doctor’s recommendations for sleep apnea treatment. Contact our Alora Dentistry office to set up an appointment.