Oral Appliance is Simple to Fit and Use, Replaces Cumbersome CPAPs
Wyomissing, PA - Grove Dental Group will offer dental sleep medicine, an alternative to sufferers of sleep apnea and snorers of the Berks County area this November. This innovative solution is a dental appliance, much like a sports, protective mouthpiece, design to move the jaw into a better breathing position at night. It’s a proven, non-mechanical, non-surgical approach to sleep apnea for those who snore while sleeping. Potential users can begin scheduling appointments on November 1, 2016.
Sleep apnea is a dangerous condition that affects some 18 million Americans. It often causes snoring, affecting some 40% of us. The affliction limits the body's ability to get a steady flow of oxygen through the airways, including the nose, mouth, throat, and windpipe. When someone has sleep apnea, their brain will recognize this lack of oxygen and send signals to the body to correct it. This often causes gasping and interruptions of sleep, or worse. These interruptions have been known to last from just a few seconds to minutes and can happen up to 100 times per hour.
According to Grove Dental Group's Dr. Amanda Sonntag, who is the head of this new service, "Oral appliances are a dental treatment for a medical diagnosis. It's a great alternative to CPAPs which tend to be bulky, uncomfortable, and noisy. We are thrilled to be able to provide this new service for our patients.”
Until recently, the best solution for the condition was surgery or through the use of cumbersome and unattractive CPAP machines. These devices include a mask that is placed over the nose and mouth area each evening to improve the flow of air to the body. While effective, there are generally problems associated with CPAP devices including leaky masks, uncomfortable sleeping conditions and dry mouths and nasal passages. Because of these issues, many CPAP owners simply decide not to use them.
While there are no age limits for the device, children who are experiencing sleep apnea will likely be referred to a pediatrician.
For more information about Dental Sleep Medicine, for sleep apnea and snoring treatment, visit Grove Dental’s blog or call the office at (610) 372-8406. Grove Dental Group has been serving the area for over 40 years. Their new, ergonomically designed and modern facilities are located at 2228 State Hill Road in Wyomissing, PA. The dedicated team at Grove Dental Group offers services that include dental exams and cleanings, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, Invisalign Treatment, Mini Dental Implants, sedation dentistry, and teeth whitening.