How Oral Appliances Can Treat Sleep Apnea

It’s no secret that sleep apnea is a major problem in the United States. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine estimates that about 26 percent of adults between the ages of 30 and 70 years have sleep apnea. Even more troubling, one estimate suggests that roughly 80 percent of those people are undiagnosed.Many people who are suffering avoid treatment because of the stigma associated with the most popular sleep apnea treatment, the CPAP machine (continuous positive airway pressure). One of the latest innovations in sleep apnea treatment offered by Dr. Wallace is the SomnoMed® sleep apnea treatment.

What Health Conditions Are Associated With Sleep Apnea?

Why is it so important to treat sleep apnea right away? Sleep apnea can be a driving force for numerous serious health conditions. Not only does suffering from sleep apnea mean that you stop breathing routinely throughout the night it also means you’re likely to suffer from the following symptoms:

  • Snoring
  • Fatigue and drowsiness throughout the day
  • Irritability or mood swings
  • Increased risk of heart attacks
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Depression

How Does the SomnoMed® Dental Appliance Work?

A SomnoMed® dental appliance is an easy-to-use dental device that can prevent the effects of sleep apnea. While providing wearers with the kind of good night’s sleep they likely haven’t experienced in years, it can also prevent the serious health conditions that typically come with it.The SomnoMed® dental appliance works by guiding the lower jaw forward. The appliance uses upper and lower dental plates with a unique patented fin-coupling mechanism to open up the patient’s airway. Obstructions in a person’s airway are the primary cause of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). By opening the airway, patients can experience relief from sleep apnea symptoms.

Sleep Apnea Treatment Near You

If you’re local to the Beaufort, SC area and suffer from any of the conditions outlined above, and are looking for real relief, reach out to Dr. Wallace of Palmetto Smiles of Beaufort, SC. Dr. Wallace specialized in advanced dental treatments, from treating TMD to facial growth orthodontics to sleep apnea treatment. You can schedule a consultation by visiting our website or calling (843) 410-0345.

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