Dr. Mike Westman explains using a mouthguard to treat sleep apnea
- Posted on: Mar 26 2019
Do you suffer from sleep apnea? Are you frustrated with invasive treatments that make it difficult for you to fall asleep or stay asleep? Are you looking for something that can treat your sleep apnea more effectively without interrupting your sleep?
Most people who suffer from sleep apnea find themselves in exactly the same position. It can often be exceptionally difficult to effectively treat this disorder because one of the most frequent treatments, the use of a CPAP machine, is often as bothersome as the disorder itself. This can make it difficult for you to find effective treatment because the machine can make it hard to sleep well. As a result, many people are looking for something better.
There are alternatives to CPAP
Using a mouthguard to treat sleep apnea is one of the most innovative and effective solutions. It is also one of the most effective alternatives to the use of a CPAP machine. When the benefits of using a mouthguard a treat sleep apnea are considered it is easy to understand why so many people are turning to this type of treatment in order to find relief from the symptoms of sleep apnea.
A simple solution
You might think that the most effective treatment for sleep apnea would be to see your physician but you can actually find the most effective treatment by visiting your dentist. In many cases he or she can fit you with a custom mouthguard to treat sleep apnea. This mouthguard looks much like those that are used by professional athletes who participate in contact sports such as football and it functions in much the same way. You simply use the mouthguard when you go to bed each night and in many cases this can give you the relief that you have been searching for. All you have to do is slide the mouthguard in each night and remove it each morning.
The mouthguard works by keeping your jaw in its proper place. Without it your jaw might have a tendency to slide while you are sleeping. This effectively allows soft tissues such as your tonsils to obstruct your airway, which is one of the primary causes of sleep apnea. When you wear the mouthguard this is no longer a problem and the symptoms of the disorder are effectively eliminated in many cases.
Find out more
While sleep apnea can have serious consequences for your health if left untreated, there are many effective solutions out there. Is a mouthguard the simple solution you’ve been looking for? The best way to find out is to visit a dentist who is trained in treating sleep disorders. If you would like to learn more about sleep disorders, please download my free e-book.
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