John M. Fish, Cosmetic Dentist Hildebran, NC Explains Oral Appliance Therapy

Apr 5, 2021

Hildebran, NC cosmetic and implant dentist, Dr. John M. Fish, has published an article on sleep apnea and an available dental treatment for those of you suffering from the disorder who prefer to avoid Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) treatment.

Dr. John M. Fish, a General Dentist specializing in implant and cosmetic dentistry in the Greater Hickory, NC area has released an article about the dental treatment options available for sleep apnea. We want to help you understand sleep apnea, medical issues it can cause, and the main types of treatments.

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Sleep apnea is a disorder involving the repeated starting and stopping of breathing while one is sleeping. The condition is not uncommon in the United States, and it has potential to be very serious. Complications can include high blood pressure, heart problems, and type 2 diabetes, among other possible health issues.

What Are the Options for Sleep Apnea Treatment?

There are three types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, and complex sleep apnea syndrome, and the most common treatment is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). This involves wearing a mask while sleeping that is attached to a machine which delivers air pressure to keep your upper airway passage open. The issue with this form of treatment is that the CPAP machine is very uncomfortable for many people.

This is where your dentist may be able to offer an alternative to CPAP treatment. This option is know as Oral Appliance Therapy. This form of sleep apnea treatment involves you wearing custom-made mouthpieces (oral appliances) at night. The mouthpieces keep your lower jaw shifted slightly forward which helps to prevent blockage of the airway by allowing more room for the soft tissues of the throat.

If you suffer from sleep apnea and are searching for treatment other than a CPAP machine, you are encouraged to consult a local doctor or cosmetic dentist to learn more about Oral Appliance Therapy.

Individuals in the greater Hickory, NC area can receive Oral Appliance Therapy to treat sleep apnea by reaching out to the office of Dr. John Fish, DDS today. Call us at 828-397-5514 or visit the link above.

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