Obstructive sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous medical condition in which you stop breathing for several seconds during the night while you sleep. These non-breathing episodes can happen several times within an hour and add up over the course of a regular night’s sleep. In order to help the airway stay open and ensure the heart, brain and lungs are getting enough oxygen all night long, many doctors prescribe CPAP machines for their patients. Unfortunately, CPAP machines have masks that are large, uncomfortable and can cause build-up of bacteria that can lead to halitosis.
Somnodent is an alternative to the CPAP machine that can help with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. It is a mouthpiece that keeps the jaw aligned in such a way to keep the airway open while you sleep. Dr. Grabiak can provide a prescription for Somnodent to help with your obstructive sleep apnea problem. If you are unsure about whether or not you have obstructive sleep apnea, you may want to consult your doctor. Patients with obstructive sleep apnea are often obese and their partners complain that they snore very loudly at night. You usually awaken in the morning without feeling refreshed and may be tired all day or have consistent headaches.
Somnodent is recommended for patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea that have tried CPAP and found it uncomfortable or unsatisfactory. Patients that have success with Somnodent are usually less than 30 on the Body Mass Index scale and have at least 6 teeth in their lower mandible. This product is worn while sleeping in order to keep the airway open by increasing its size and reducing collapsibility. Each version is made uniquely for the patient and fits their teeth in a custom fashion.
Contact Dr. Grabiak today to determine if this product is right for you. He will be able to provide you with a personalized consultation to determine your dental needs and the severity of your sleep apnea. He may refer you to a sleep study center in order to learn more about your condition and whether Somnodent is right for you.