Here at Timberlake & Shaw Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we work hard to help our patients who have sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a very serious health issue that needs to be addressed, but often goes undiagnosed or untreated. If it is left untreated, the long term health effects can be very serious, not to mention your quality of life suffers if you are constantly tired. If you struggle with daytime sleepiness, or find yourself dozing off when you should be awake, you may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a medical issue…so how can your dentist help??? The gold standard for treating sleep apnea is a CPAP machine. We have many patients that have tried the CPAP but have been unable to tolerate it for any number of reasons. If you have tried CPAP and it did not work for you, ask us about Oral Appliance Therapy! We can fabricate an oral appliance (similar to a night guard) that fits your upper and lower teeth and helps keep your airway open while you sleep. They are custom made and can really make a big difference in your health and your well being, and can also make your bed partner happy by decreasing those snoring noises!