If you or someone you know snores, you might not think of visiting the dentist for treatment. Dentistry isn’t limited to the cleaning and care of teeth and Dr. John Cranham offers comprehensive services to correct problems like snoring and sleep apena through oral appliance therapy.
Treating Sleep Disorders With Dentistry
Dental sleep medicine focuses on the treatment of breathing related sleep disorders such as snoring and obstructive sleep apnea through oral appliance therapy.
Dr. Cranham uses oral appliance therapy as the first line treatment for patients who snore or have mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Studies show that patients who have been successfully treated for sleep apnea with both the CPAP and a oral appliance preferred the oral appliance as their long term option.
What is an Oral Appliance and how does it work?
An oral appliance is a customized, removable device, designed to keep the airways open while the patient sleeps, preventing snoring and sleep apnea. More commonly called a snore guard, an oral appliance is similar to a sports mouth guard and helps to keep the jaws in proper alignment and the tongue and soft tissue in their proper place to prevent them from blocking the airway.
About Snoring and Sleep Apnea in Chesapeake, VA
Even though snoring is characterized on TV and in movies as being hilarious, in reality it is a potentially serious health condition. Both the snorer and their partner have a diminished quality of sleep. In addition, studies have linked snoring to major health problems including sleep apnea.
According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 50% of people who snore loudly have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep-related breathing disorder that causes the person to stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep. This blockage of the airway is typically caused when the soft tissue in the back of the mouth collapses. OSA is strongly linked to obesity, as well as, tobacco and alcohol use.
Schedule a Consultation
Don’t you and your partner deserve a good night’s sleep? If you or someone you love snores, contact Dr. John Cranham for a consultation and find out if a snore guard is right for you.
Call our Chesapeake Dentist Office at 757-656-4109 or schedule your next appointment online.