Sleep Apena and Snoring Appliance
Looking for a sleep apnea treatment in Cherry Hill? Look no further. Dr. Rich can treat sleep apnea right here in her Cherry Hill dental practice.
Sleep apnea, orobstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a potentially life-threatening medical disorder that causes your body to stop breathing during sleep. The muscles in your throat relax and the tongue may fall back and block the airway as you sleep, reducing the amount of oxygen delivered to all of your organs including your heart and brain.
People with sleep apnea may snore loudly and stop breathing for short periods of time. The breathing pauses from sleep cause your body to briefly wake while you remain unaware. This can happen hundreds of times per night, and you may wake up feeling unrefreshed.
In addition to snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness, sleep apnea can cause memory loss, morning headaches, irritability, depression, and impaired concentration. When left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to hypertension, stroke, heart attack and sudden death while asleep (American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine).
Dr. Rich employs the use of oral appliance therapy for the treatment of sleep apnea and sleep related breathing disorders. An oral appliance is a device worn in the mouth only during sleep. The device fits like a sports mouth guard or orthodontic retainer and prevents the airway from collapsing by either holding the tongue or supporting the jaw in a forward position. With an oral appliance, Dr. Rich can minimize or eliminate the symptoms of sleep apnea in mild to moderate cases, thereby possibly eliminating the need for a CPAP machine.