Sleep Apnea Treatment at Le Mars Dental Center
Sleep apnea occurs when the airway is blocked during sleep, and snoring is caused by a partially obstructed airway during sleep. Symptoms include:
- Gasping for air at night
- Feeling tired after a night’s rest
- Waking up frequently
- Difficulty concentrating
- Problems staying awake and alert
If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms, your snoring may be more than annoying – it may indicate a potentially serious problem called sleep apnea.
Many Americans who suffer from sleep apnea are familiar with the typical treatment, which is normally a CPAP. While this may be the best option in some cases, Dr. Rhea uses custom-fit sleep appliances that gently reposition the jaw to treat snoring and sleep apnea. This allows for a more comfortable, natural and healthy night’s sleep.
How It Works
Custom-made and -fitted mouthguards worn during sleep can comfortably move the jaw and tongue forward, which reduces restriction and prevents sleep apnea and snoring. Most patients find this more comfortable and natural than mechanical treatment from a CPAP.
Treating sleep apnea can improve health, provide a greater feeling of being well-rested and reduce your risk for other health effects like high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, fatigue and more.
Le Mars Dental Center can alleviate or eliminate many symptoms associated with some types of sleep apnea. If you or a loved one has questions regarding sleep apnea, snoring, daytime drowsiness or simply how to get a better night’s rest, call (712) 546-5183 or click to schedule an appointment at Le Mars Dental Center.