Dr. Hanson and his staff know the importance of a good night’s sleep. Without being fully rested, the next day can be a struggle – and it is even worse when you can’t help the problem that is keeping you from getting a full night of rest. Sleep apnea is one of those problems, and that is why we feel obligated to offer you solutions so you can get a full night’s sleep.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
So sleep apnea is one of the things that we've gotten into recently that really is a big thing now. Patients are coming in and saying, "Well I think I have sleep apnea." We offer tap plants. It's a mandibular adjustment device, so essentially it's taking the lower jaw and pulling it out a little bit to open up the back airway, so all your musculature, your tone, everything that sits in here, as you're sleeping and you lean back, it kind of falls over your airway and that can create snoring and it even can create loss of the ability to breath when you're sleeping.
So the tap appliance will actually correct that by pulling everything forward and opening up the airway. There's a C-pap, which is out there, and all that's really doing is forcing air down into your windpipe as opposed to opening up your airway. It can cause nasal dryness, runny nose, and make you more apt to have sinusitis and it can cause you to have sinus infections more often, because it dries out all the tissues because all that air that's coming out. The more air you force down the worse it gets.
So for me, we try and do, again, minimally invasive stuff and the tap seems to be the most minimally invasive way to treat sleep apnea. There's other options out there, other brands. Sonumed is a really good one. And so for us, we look at different teeth-related, different dental-related options more of a medical problem.
How Sleep Apnea Can Damage Your Health
If sleep apnea is left untreated, it can lead to several health problems. If you have untreated sleep apnea, your breathing can be interrupted hundreds of times a night without you even knowing that it is affecting your sleep. This results in the brain and the rest of the body not getting a sufficient amount of oxygen. Untreated sleep apnea can also lead to hypertension, heart failure, and stroke.
How We Treat Sleep Apnea
Knowing about all of the health problems that sleep apnea causes, we feel it is our duty at Oregon Smile Care Center to supply you with solutions to this awful condition. The most common type of treatment that is offered by other physicians is a CPAP machine. This machine pumps air to a mask that is worn throughout the night to help you breathe. While we think this is an effective method, we’ve found that wearing a mask at night isn’t exactly comfortable. Being uncomfortable will affect your sleep, which still leaves you tired the next day. That is why we try to get our patients off of the CPAP machine and replace it with the TAP appliance.
The TAP appliance is a mouthguard that goes over your upper and lower teeth. It neutralizes by securing your jaw into place comfortably while at the same time moving your lower jaw forward, which will open up your airway for clear breathing. The fact that it is a mouthpiece makes for a more comfortable sleep, which will have you feeling rejuvenated the following day.
To learn more about how we can help you at Oregon Smile Care Center, make an appointment by calling (503) 837-2718 or use our online contact form to schedule your sleep apnea treatment Salem, OR area. We care about you having a good night’s sleep!