Sleep Apnea Mouthpiece Northridge
Sleep apnea is a serious issue in the U.S., affecting more than 18 million individuals, most of whom remain untreated. Though common symptoms of sleep apnea like loud snoring and frequent nighttime awakenings are not debilitating, the medical disorders linked to sleep apnea are serious conditions. Medical researchers have recently linked sleep apnea to type-2 diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, and high blood pressure. Our Northridge sleep apnea mouthpiece expert can determine if patients are able to benefit from sleep apnea treatment.
The front-line treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea is CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure), a breathing therapy involving pressurized air dispensed from a machine through a hose and into a mask placed over the face. CPAP is intended to keep the airway open and eliminate the occurrence of apneas. Some patients find CPAP ineffective or the mask uncomfortable to wear during sleep.
Northridge Sleep Apnea Mouthpiece
Those who cannot tolerate CPAP may find a sleep apnea mouthpiece from our expert in sleep apnea mouthpiece in Northridge provides relief from sleep apnea symptoms. Oral appliance therapy furnishes patients with a custom-designed mouthpiece. This mouthpiece is designed to position the tongue and/or jaw to allow easy breathing during sleep.
A number of sleep apnea devices are available, so patients can find one that works for them. Two of the most common mouthpieces are tongue retaining appliances (which hold the tongue forward) and mandibular repositioning appliances (which hold the lower jaw forward). If you try a mouthpiece and after a few days still experience sleep apnea symptoms, contact our expert in sleep apnea mouthpiece in Northridge.
These mouthpieces are comfortable and should only require a couple days for patients to grow accustomed to wearing them. Patients can easily take these small appliances with them when they travel. This treatment from our Northridge sleep apnea mouthpiece expert is entirely reversible and non-invasive.
If you think you may benefit from a sleep apnea mouthpiece, call our office to schedule a consultation with our sleep apnea expert.
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