Benefits of using oral appliances for the treatment of snoring in Charleston, SC
At Mouth Carolina Dentistry in Charleston, SC, patients in and around the community can not only address dental health concerns, but also problems such as chronic snoring. Dr. Andrew Greenberg and his team provide patients with treatment options to help, including the use of oral appliances, which have several benefits
Snoring is caused by the vibration of loose tissues around the airway. While it may be a stand-alone problem, and a chronic one at that, it may also be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea. This is a sleeping disorder that can result from the tongue falling into the back of the throat or loose tissues. This can cause snoring and even continual stops in one’s breathing hundreds of times a night. When a patient has been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, they are often told by their primary care physician to consider the benefits of using a CPAP machine. This “continuous positive airway pressure” system is a specialized mask that the patient wears over the nose and mouth when they sleep. It is connected to a device that provides the air pressure to keep the airways open throughout the night so patients can achieve a restful night of sleep. However, it can be cumbersome and uncomfortable, causing many patients to stop complying with treatment.
Instead, patients are welcome to visit their dentist to learn about the advantages of oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy is the use of a special appliance that also maintains open airways and can address the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea or just relief for patients who are chronic snorers.
Oral appliances are custom-made for our patients to ensure a proper fit and appropriate function. The staff at Mouth Carolina Dentistry will make sure the new appliance works well to ensure that the jaw is properly aligned, the tongue is down, the soft tissues are back to keep the patient from dealing with chronic problems. The result? A good night’s sleep for both the patient and their sleeping partner!
Obstructive sleep apnea
Snoring doesn’t always mean that a patient has obstructive sleep apnea, but often, these conditions go hand in hand. Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that can be treated, but without treatment, many problems can arise. Obstructive sleep apnea can cause a patient to wake up throughout the night because of a blockage of the airway that keeps them from being able to breathe. They gasp, wake up, and fall back asleep repeatedly, never reaching the deep, restorative sleep they require to feel and function their best. Dr. Andrew Greenberg and his team at Mouth Carolina Dentistry encourage patients to seek a diagnosis and treatment for this condition, as it can increase a patient’s risk for a variety of problems including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, weight gain, heart disease, and acid reflux. Because many patients who suffer from this condition are fatigued day and night, it can also increase one’s chances for getting into car accidents or losing their job due to poor concentration and memory. With treatment, patients will see a great improvement in their overall quality of life because they are finally able to achieve a good night’s sleep!
What are the benefits of oral appliances?
Oral appliance therapy for snoring or sleep apnea are:
- Easy to care for
- Simple to use
Dr. Andrew Greenberg will consult with patients who are experiencing problems with obstructive sleep apnea or snoring and determine if they are appropriate candidates for oral appliance therapy. Many patients can be fitted for their appliance and start taking charge of their sleep!
Schedule your visit with Dr. Andrew Greenberg today!
Patients of the Charleston, SC community and beyond who are interested in seeking treatment for snoring or obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy are welcome to book a consultation appointment and initial evaluation with Dr. Andrew Greenberg of Mouth Carolina Dentistry. Our team of professionals welcome patients who are ready to take charge of their oral health and wellness, including effective treatment for chronic snoring. The office is conveniently located at 3 Gamecock Avenue, Suite 302 and can be reached by phone at (843)751 4262.