Sleep Apnea and Oral Appliances
Untreated sleep apnea can increase the risk of stroke, obesity, heart attack, and high blood pressure. In addition, arrhythmias or irregular heartbeats can become more likely.
Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that requires long-term management. Dr. Ali recommends a series of lifestyle changes that can help reduce the effects of sleep apnea including:
- Good sleeping habits
- Exercising regularly
- Losing weight
Dr. Ali also recommends the use of oral appliance therapy to help treat sleep apnea. An oral appliance is the top non-surgical treatment for snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. The appliance fits in the mouth during sleep like an orthodontic retainer and can prevent the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat from collapsing. With this dental device, the airways remain open during sleep, which promotes adequate air intake.
Dr. Ali consults with patients to ensure that the selection, fitting, and use of the custom-made oral appliance work to maintain an unobstructed airway in the throat when worn during sleep. By making certain that the fit of the oral appliance is perfect for each individual patient, restful sleep can be reestablished.
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