If you are snoring, or suddenly waking up with a gasping feeling, you could have sleep apnea. While some find it tempting to just ignore these symptoms, untreated sleep apnea could end up having difficulties. After all, this condition increases your risk of serious medical issues including stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, memory issues, and heart disease.
Fortunately, there is an effective treatment for sleep apnea, and it’s called the Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance. Here at Ross Orthodontics in Forest Lake, MN, and Hudson, WI, Dr. Gregory Ross provides a wide variety of dental services, including treatment for sleep apnea—read on to learn how he can help you too!
More about sleep apnea
Sleep apnea occurs when the tissue at the back of your throat relaxes and closes off your airway while you sleep. This results in a lack of oxygen flowing to your vital organs, including your brain. Oxygen starvation can result in a shortened lifespan by compromising the function of your vital organs.
If you are one of the 18 to 20 million adults in this country who are diagnosed with sleep apnea, you may have tried the Continuous Positive Air Pressure machine, commonly known as the CPAP. However, many people find CPAP difficult to wear and constricting. Other common complaints are that it is difficult to keep clean, and can cause sinus problems.
A much better solution for some sleep apnea patients is found in the Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance, which is a device that holds your tongue and lower jaw forward while you sleep, keeping your airway open during the night. The appliance is a comfortable tray that you wear during the night. Small enough to fit in your pocket, this appliance is easy to clean as well—all you need to do is soak it in water!
Concerned? Give us a call
To learn more about the Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance and how it can help treat your sleep apnea, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Gregory Ross of Ross Orthodontics today: (715) 808-8379 for the office in Hudson, WI, or (651) 464-6988 for the Forest Lake location.