Sleep Apnea Treatment
The Huntersville, NC Dentist
Sleep Apnea is a serious condition that affects an estimated 12 million Americans.
Although there are two types of Sleep Apnea, Obstructed Sleep Apnea (OSA) is more common and occurs when there is a prolonged pause in breathing during sleep. Breathing usually stops for 10 to 20 seconds at a time during sleep.
For patients who suffer from OSA, quick treatment is a necessity. Fortunately, Dr. Tate C. Langdon offers snore guard sleep apnea treatment in Huntersville, NC to help prevent OSA.
What is OSA?
OSA is a result of complete relaxation in the muscles of the throat, tongue and larynx during sleep. This relaxation causes blockage of the airway. A person suffering from OSA can stop breathing up to a hundred times during sleep. When a person stops breathing, this prevents oxygen from reaching the brain which can result in severe health problems.
The majority of Americans living with OSA are undiagnosed. Some of the risk factors of OSA are:
- Being male
- Being overweight
- Having a thicker than average neck (this means a more narrow airway)
- Being older (over 60)
- Using alcohol, sedatives or tranquilizers
How Does Snore Guard Sleep Apnea Treatment Work?
Dr. Tate C. Langdon works closely with sleep physicians to offer snore guards as a treatment for Sleep Apnea. Once a patient has been diagnosed with OSA Dr. Langdon will assess the patient’s oral structures to determine if they are a candidate for Snore Guard Sleep Apnea Treatment.
Our snore guards can help treat mild to moderate OSA. The snore guard works to hold the jaw forward during sleep. This prevents the muscles in the throat, tongue and larynx from collapsing and blocking the airway. The device also allows you to comfortably breathe through your mouth while sleeping.
Is a Snore Guard Safe to Use?
Our Snore Guards are safe and easy to use. This treatment has been in use since 1989 and has been effective in most cases of mild to moderate OSA.
Although the device is small, it is still too large to accidentally swallow during sleep.
How Does a Snore Guard Feel?
Your Snore Guard conforms to the shape of your mouth for optimal comfort.
Before the first use, Dr. Langdon will boil your Snore Guard for 2-3 minutes. While still warm and flexible, he will insert the Snore Guard to your front teeth where it will mold to your oral structures. He will trim any excess material.
During the first few weeks of use, some patients report minor pain in the jaw or cheeks. This is normal and Dr. Langdon suggests wearing your snore guard for 2 hours during the day for the first 2 days before wearing the snore guard overnight. This will help the muscles in your mouth to adjust to the Snore Guard and decrease discomfort.
Caring for Your Snore Guard
Your Snore Guard can last up to two years. Caring for your Snore Guard is easy. Simple rinse it after every use and keep in a dry container when not in use. Clean your Snore Guard with toothpaste and a toothbrush every few weeks or as needed.
Dr. Tate C. Langdon offers Snore Guard Sleep Apnea Treatment in Huntersville, NC for patients who are diagnosed with OSA. Untreated OSA can result in severe health problems such as a heart attack or stroke so visit our office today for easy and painless treatment!