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Wichita area patients can ditch the CPAP machine and seek a sleep apnea solution through their dentist

Many patients, both children and adults, may be dealing with a sleeping disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea. This condition causes the cessation of breathing while sleeping which can often go undetected or misdiagnosed for many years. Patients themselves often do not notice the symptoms and signs of obstructive sleep apnea, as they are not awake during the time they persist. Instead, often, bed partners bring up concern regarding the way an individual sleeps.

Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by a blockage in the airway. This may be caused by excess fat around the neck, misalignment of the jaw, or the tongue falling back into the mouth. Patients with obstructive sleep apnea may gasp and snore during the night. The condition often causes them to wake up hundreds of times a night due to the inability to breath. This results in insufficient restful sleep and daytime tiredness that can dramatically affect one's daily quality of life.

East Wichita Dentist is a dentist who can help patients with this particular sleeping disorder. While patients who have received a diagnosis through their primary physician are often recommended to use a CPAP machine, these machines are extremely cumbersome and patients may find that they are unlikely to comply with treatment because they can be difficult and uncomfortable to use. Because of this, many Americans go without treating their sleep apnea and putting themselves at risk for a myriad of other health problems including high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

Instead, East Wichita Dentist may suggest oral appliance therapy as an alternative to CPAP machine usage. Oral appliances are like special mouth guards, which are worn over the dental arch and are meant to realign the jaw, hold down the tongue, and keep the airways open while individuals sleep. These are made of smooth plastic and are custom-made to fit the patient's mouth, ensuring optimum comfort. This, in turn ensures compliance, which results in continual treatment of the condition—and improved quality of life.

If you live in the Wichita area and you have considered an alternative to CPAP therapy, contact us to learn more about oral appliance therapy as a wonderful solution to obstructive sleep apnea.
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