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Oral Devices for Sleep Apnea in Chester, VA

At Chester Dental, one of the critical areas we focus on is providing effective treatments for sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious condition that affects breathing during sleep, leading to numerous health complications if left untreated. We offer specialized oral devices for sleep apnea to help you achieve better sleep and improved health.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is characterized by breathing disruptions while asleep. These disruptions, known as apneas, can last from a few seconds to minutes and may occur several times during the night. There are three major types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA): The most common type, caused by a blockage in the airway.

  • Central Sleep Apnea (CSA): This happens when the brain's messages to the muscles responsible for breathing are not properly transmitted.

  • Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome: A combination of both obstructive and central sleep apnea.

Symptoms and Risks

Common sleep apnea symptoms include:

  • Loud snoring

  • Daytime fatigue

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Frequent nighttime awakenings

Serious health problems, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and an increased risk of accidents caused by daily drowsiness, can develop from sleep apnea if it is not treated. Recognizing these symptoms early and seeking treatment is crucial for maintaining overall health.

A happy wakeup after sleeping soundly through the night without snoring, all due to oral device treatment for sleep apnea at Chester Dental Care in Chester, VA

How Oral Devices Can Help

Effective Treatment Option

Oral devices for sleep apnea are an effective treatment option, especially for those who find CPAP machines uncomfortable or invasive. These devices function by adjusting the lower jaw or stabilizing the tongue to keep the airway open while sleeping. Using an oral device can significantly reduce or eliminate sleep apnea symptoms, leading to better sleep quality and overall health.

Types of Oral Devices

Mandibular Advancement Devices (MADs)

The purpose of MADs is to move the lower jaw slightly forward. This motion holds the airway open, which lowers the likelihood of apneas and enhances airflow. MADs are suitable for individuals with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. They are custom-fitted to ensure comfort and effectiveness.

Tongue Stabilizing Devices (TSDs)

TSDs work by holding the tongue forward to prevent it from collapsing into the airway. This device is also effective in treating obstructive sleep apnea and is particularly beneficial for patients who may not be suitable candidates for MADs. TSDs are easy to use and provide a non-invasive solution to sleep apnea.

The Treatment Process

Initial Consultation

The journey to better sleep begins with an initial consultation at Chester Dental. During this visit, our experienced dental professionals will conduct a thorough evaluation to diagnose sleep apnea.

Custom-Fitting Oral Devices

Once sleep apnea is diagnosed, the next step is creating a custom-fitted oral device tailored to your specific needs. At Chester Dental, we use precise measurements and advanced technology to design devices that fit comfortably and work effectively.

Follow-Up Care and Adjustments

Scheduling routine follow-up sessions is crucial to tracking the oral device's efficacy and advancement. During these visits, we will make any necessary adjustments to ensure the device continues to function correctly and remains comfortable.

Request an Appointment

If you are experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea and are interested in exploring oral devices for sleep apnea as a treatment option, contact Chester Dental today to request an appointment. Let us help you take the first step towards a healthier, more restful night's sleep.

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