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April 11, 2013

Treatment for Sleep Apnea and Snoring with an Oral Appliance

Do you struggle with feelings of drowsiness during the day? Is it difficult to concentrate or remember things at work? Has your partner complained about your loud snoring at night? Combined, all of these are indications of sleep apnea.

Patients who struggle with sleep apnea experience regular cycles of breathing cessation every night. To combat the problem, the brain sends out a signal telling the patient to wake up and breathe. As a result of this ongoing tug-of-war, the patient can be left feeling exhausted and moody during the day. If left untreated, one’s risk for health issues like high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke can go up dramatically.

The traditional treatment for sleep apnea has been a CPAP machine and it still remains the gold standard for severe sleep apnea. It works by pumping a continuous stream of air into the patient’s nose or mouth during the night. However, many people find this device uncomfortable and they stop wearing the mask.

Thankfully, treatment is also possible with oral appliance therapy from Dr. Jay Nelson. Through our hard work and commitment to treating sleep apnea, our office has been accredited by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. In fact, we were the first office accredited by the AADSM in the state of Florida.

Using a specially-made oral appliance, Dr. Nelson’s Lutz dental office can treat your sleep apnea, as well as your snoring. In many cases, the underlying cause for both is the same—obstruction from the tongue or lower jaw. An oral appliance works by repositioning both, ensuring that airways stay open and clear. As a result, patients can sleep peacefully throughout the night without needing to wake up and breathe.

Do you struggle with interrupted sleep or snoring? Have you recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea? Are you intolerant or frustrated with your CPAP? Talk to Dr. Nelson and his team at Nelson Dentistry and Dental Sleep Medicine about treatment with an oral appliance. Through oral appliance therapy, reclaim the rest you and your partner deserve.

Our Lutz office serves patients from Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Land O’Lakes, and surrounding area.