Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes you to repeatedly stop breathing throughout the night. Some people are known to stop breathing more than 30 times every hour while trying to sleep. In addition to potentially being extremely dangerous, these breathing issues will make it impossible to sleep well at night. Sleep apnea is also known to cause loud snoring, which will disrupt the sleep of your loved ones. If you are tired of suffering the woes of sleep apnea every night, then you should learn more information about oral appliance therapy at the office of Dr. Wendy Willoughby, DDS.
Oral appliance therapy is a great way to stop obstructive sleep apnea because it will create an open airway while you are asleep. The oral appliance is extremely similar to a mouth guard or retainer, and it needs to be worn every night when you go to bed. The appliance is able to eliminate your breathing issues because it puts the jaw in a forward position, which opens up the upper airway. Since the oral appliance will be customized to perfectly fit your mouth, it is very comfortable and easy to wear.
You will need to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Willoughby to start your oral appliance therapy. During this appointment, Dr. Willoughby can describe the treatment process in great detail. She can also conduct an evaluation of your jaw, teeth and tongue. You may also have to get an X-ray of your mouth. These tests are done to ensure that you are a good candidate for oral appliance therapy. If you can benefit from oral appliance therapy, then Dr. Willoughby may take impressions of your teeth.
The models of your teeth will be used to make the customized oral appliance. You will return to Dr. Willoughby’s office for another appointment when the appliance arrives. The device will be placed in your mouth to ensure that it fits properly. After this adjustment, you will be given detailed cleaning and maintenance instructions. It is vitally important to follow these instructions if you want to eliminate your problematic symptoms.
You should see a drastic change in your sleep patterns once you take the oral appliance home. Sleeping through the night will instantly improve the quality of your life. You will have more energy every day. You should also notice an improvement in your mood when you are able to go through the day without being exhausted.
There is simply no reason to deal with the serious complications of sleep apnea when it is so easy to solve the problem with oral appliance therapy at the office of Dr. Wendy Willoughby, DDS in Asheville. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get started.