Sleep Apnea Devices
Sleep apnea devices are important to help you get a healthy nights sleep if you suffer from sleep apnea. Snoring is usually the number one symptom of sleep apnea.
Sure, your snoring could send your partner to another room, but it could also be a sign that you’re suffering from sleep apnea. At least 18 million people in the U.S. suffer from this condition, which raises your risk for fatigue, high blood pressure, and even diabetes. Dr. Hanna Mansoor, a certified sleep apnea doctor in Gilbert, AZ, is uniquely qualified to help you treat this condition with a range of custom-fitted dental sleep apnea devices.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common disorder that causes your breathing to stop or become very shallow while you sleep. These pauses generally last a few seconds, but can last up to a few minutes in severe cases. And for some sufferers, these pauses can occur dozens of time every night.
The most common form of sleep apnea is called obstructive sleep apnea. It occurs when the relaxed muscles in the back of your throat fail to keep your airways open, despite your efforts to breathe.
When your airway is blocked, you temporarily stop breathing. To restart breathing, your brain sends a signal through your nervous system to wake up. And those constant periods of wakefulness take a huge toll on your body.
What are common sleep apnea health issues?
If you suffer from sleep apnea, you may experience:
- Impaired concentration
- Compromised hand-eye coordination
- Low blood oxygen levels
- Memory issues
- Sore throat
- Trouble engaging in certain tasks, such as driving
However, the health effects don’t end there. In addition to fatigue and cognitive issues, certain diseases have been linked to sleep apnea. These include:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Elevated risk of stroke and heart attack
- Weight gain
Sleep apnea isn’t only a minor annoyance at night—it can lead to health problems that greatly reduce your overall quality of life and increase morbidity.
Thankfully there are sleep apnea treatments available, and they do work. If you’re ready to learn more about these treatments, book a consultation now with Dr. Hanna, a sleep apnea doctor in Gilbert, AZ.
What sleep apnea treatments work?
Your sleep apnea treatment must start with the right diagnosis. As many as 80% of people with sleep apnea are undiagnosed. Dr. Hanna works closely with sleep doctors who perform overnight studies in order to diagnose sleep apnea.
Based on the findings from this study, Dr. Hanna will discuss treatment options that could work for you. For mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea, treatment may involve weight loss. Being overweight or obese are both major risk factors for this condition. Some patients find that their sleep apnea symptoms improve when they lose weight.
For most people, however, sleep apnea devices offer a solution that can reduce nighttime wakefulness and improve your overall sleep.
Dr. Hanna Mansoor is committed to finding the best oral sleep apnea devices for her patients, so they can get a better night’s sleep as soon as possible. Call our Gilbert, AZ office today to book a consultation with Dr. Hanna.
How does a C-Pap device for sleep apnea work?
A C-Pap, or continuous positive airway pressure, device keeps your airways open by softly blowing air through them. For a long time, these sleep apnea devices were the go-to treatment option.
However, users have to wear a mask over their nose and, sometimes, mouth while they sleep. Special pillows are necessary if you move or fidget a lot in your sleep.
So, while C-Pap sleep apnea devices can and do work for some cases of sleep apnea, many patients simply can’t sleep comfortably with them on. That means patients either continuing losing sleep, or don’t wear the device when they should.
Because of these limitations, Dr. Hanna typically recommends that patients try dental devices for sleep apnea.
What about dental devices for sleep apnea?
At Smiles By Hanna, dental devices are the first-line treatment for our sleep apnea patients. These devices are similar to a sports mouth guard or orthodontic appliance in that they’re worn in the mouth. They gently reposition your lower jaw and tongue while you sleep, in order to keep your breathing passages clear and open.
Patients sleep better with these devices in, and they can actually expect similar rates of relief as compared to a C-Pap machine.
Dr. Hanna recommends a number of dental sleep apnea devices, depending on her patient’s symptoms, sleep habits, and oral anatomy. Currently, there are over 100 different FDA-approved dental sleep apnea devices on the market.
If you choose to use a dental device, the team at Smiles By Hanna will create a custom-fitted device that works perfectly for you. These sleep apnea devices are:
- Easy to care for
- Portable for travel (especially when compared to a C-Pap machine)
As a highly-trained sleep apnea doctor, Dr. Hanna is also constantly researching new sleep apnea devices. She works tirelessly to ensure that her patients have access to the latest cutting-edge treatment options available.
If you’re ready to get a custom-fitted dental device for your sleep apnea, give our office a call today to set up a consultation!
Do over-the-counter sleep apnea devices work?
While over-the-counter oral devices for sleep apnea are available, these “boil-and-bite” options don’t have the success rates found with custom-fitted methods. They’re also not FDA-approved as a viable sleep apnea treatment.
A study from the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine showed that rates of upper airway obstruction only reduced with custom-made oral devices. Further, patients were less likely to use over-the-counter devices as they didn’t properly fit the mouth during sleep.
In terms of patient compliance and overall relief of symptoms, we find that custom-fitted dental devices for sleep apnea are almost always the best option for our patients.
How can I fix my sleep apnea?
If you’re ready to get a better night’s sleep, call our office today to schedule a consultation.
Dr. Hanna Mansoor works with patients in Gilbert, Chandler, Queen Creek, and Mesa, AZ. She’s committed to helping you find the best dental sleep apnea devices for improving your sleep and reducing any health complications associated with sleep apnea.