At The Center For Cosmetic Dentistry, we understand that better sleep leads to better overall health. That’s why we offer an option for our patients to help treat snoring and sleep apnea. The option we offer is OPTISLEEP, a custom-designed oral appliance that can be worn over your teeth at night to help keep your upper airway open. Wearing the two-piece OPTISLEEP appliance will alter the alignment of your lower jaw forward, relaxing the tissue at the back of your throat and preventing the base of your tongue from collapsing backward and blocking your airway.
OPTISLEEP has been proven to help reduce snoring. With a slim design, the OPTISLEEP is comfortable to wear while still providing the effective treatment patients need. As a Class II medical device, OPTISLEEP is created using high-quality materials and a digital design. It also has exchangeable connectors, allowing for full movement of the lower jaw while the OPTISLEEP is in place in the mouth.
Wearing OPTISLEEP at night will allow you to open your mouth naturally, even though the appliance is working to move your jaw and keep your tongue from blocking your airway. The result is less snoring and fewer apneas, which will help you enjoy better quality sleep at night and avoid the feeling of daytime tiredness and other potentially dangerous health issues.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common disorder that causes snoring and breathing pauses during sleep. These breathing pauses may occur 30 times or more an hour. As a result, the quality of sleep suffers, making patients tired during the day. On top of that, life partners are often suffering too as loud and persistent snoring can keep him or her awake and take a toll on his or her well-being.
The most obvious sign of obstructive sleep apnea is chronic, loud, and ongoing snoring. There is usually, too, persistent sleepiness during the day, including while at work or driving. This may cause the sufferer to doze off during periods of inactivity. Other symptoms include morning headaches, waking frequently throughout night, difficulty concentrating and remembering, psychological problems such as depression or mood changes, and sore throat or dry mouth upon waking.
Fragmented sleep such as that induced by obstructive sleep apnea is the most common cause of daytime sleepiness and issues related to sleep deprivation, including problems with memory, reaction time, and concentration. OSA may also lead to serious illnesses due to its reduction of oxygen levels. This combination of disturbed sleep and oxygen starvation may contribute to ailments including hypertension, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, sexual dysfunction, and depression, plus a significantly higher risk of accidents, including those in the workplace and while driving.
OPTISLEEP is a custom-designed oral appliance prescribed by your dentist to treat snoring or mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. It is also recommended for patients with more severe OSA who are unable or unwilling to tolerate CPAP therapy and/or surgery. The two-piece appliance is designed to prevent apneas by keeping the upper airway open. The lower jaw is moved forward comfortably to relax the tissue at the back of the throat and prevent the base of the tongue from collapsing and blocking the airway.
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Contact The Center For Cosmetic Dentistry for all the information you need about OPTISLEEP and the sleep treatments we offer. We’d be happy to schedule you for sleep apnea treatment.