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Posted on 3/20/2019 by Dr. Chad Rebhun
|There are three keys to good health – proper diet, exercise and rest. Many people struggle with getting the rest they need. They struggle to get a good night's sleep.
There are plenty of things that can disrupt your sleep. Loud neighbors, nightmares, kids and numerous other things have all caused people to lose some sleep.
One issue that some people lose sleep over is sleep apnea. This is a physical issue that you can do something about. A solution that our offices offer is an oral appliance. These devices can help you get the sleep your body needs.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when your airway becomes blocked as you sleep. It is often a result of the position of the jaw that blocks the airway for a short period of time. It is also possible for the muscles of the tongue and the upper airway to move and block the flow of air.
The amount of time a person is deprived of air can last for a second or two to several seconds. Typically, the body reacts to the lack of air and moves in a way that unblocks the airway. While most people do not realize this is happening as they sleep, it does affect the rest they get. People with sleep apnea struggle to fall into the deep sleep state their body needs to recover from the day's activities. Sleep apnea can also cause snoring and other noises which prevent anyone nearby from getting a restful night's sleep.
What Oral Appliances Do
Oral appliances are custom made mouthguards that you put in before you go to sleep. Unlike the machines used to help with sleep apnea, the oral appliances are comfortable, easy to use and portable. They do not need any electricity to work.
The oral appliances can help move the lower jaw forward. This keeps the lower airway open and prevents the periods where a person is not breathing. It also helps prevent the muscles in the upper airway and tongue from blocking anything. The result is a person gets into the period of deep sleep that the body needs. People with oral appliances wake up refreshed and ready to start the day.
The value of a good night's sleep is not something to underestimate. It helps people think better, work harder and make fewer mistake throughout the day. If an oral appliance can help you achieve that, get one.
Contact our office today to learn more about this and other oral health issues that you have questions about.