Key West Dental Group in St. Charles, MO
If you believe you may be suffering from sleep apnea, you are your partner may have noticed you stop breathing while you're sleeping. Your breathing generally resumes on its own after a few seconds or a few minutes. Even though you resume breathing on your own, this medical condition should be treated by a professional.
When you suffer from sleep apnea, you may sleep with your mouth open at night, and you might frequently wake up with dry mouth.
When your mouth is dry, you lack saliva, which your mouth needs to fight off bacteria. This lack of saliva can lead to an increase of germs in your mouth. It can also lead to tooth decay. Sleep apnea may lead to bruxism, which is more commonly known as teeth grinding.
The shape of your jaw and having an overbite both affect your risk of having this particular condition. The size of your tongue also plays a role. Snoring and sudden gasps of air are also signs of a sleep apnea condition.
Oral Sleep Apnea Appliances
Sleep apnea oral appliances move your jaw forward into place. The enlarges the diameter of your upper airway and reduces the air resistance that leads to sleep apnea and snoring.
Oral appliances for sleep apnea are often used as a substitute for CPAP or sleep apnea oral surgery. Sleep apnea mouth guards are anti-snoring devices. They reduce airway turbulence and stop snoring.
Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea
Better adherence to sleep apnea therapy compared to other treatments for sleep apnea
Compact and portable – device can fit in your pocket
Discreet – device is not visible when your mouth is closed
Immediate response – most sleep apnea patients see improvement on the very first night
Energy conservation – the device does not use any electricity. You don’t have to plug the device into a wall to function.
Key West Dental Group is located conveniently, in St. Charles, off I-70 and Zumbehl Road. Our dentists have served the St. Charles, St. Peters and O'Fallon areas for almost 30-years. We've become St. Charles county's trusted dental group; providing general dentistry, emergency dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry. If you'd like to join the Key West Dental Family, visit our New Patients page, here.