Arrowhead Dental Associates provides sleep apnea services in Charlestown, RI. Call 401-364-6300 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Everyone knows how important getting a good night’s sleep is. Yet for many adults and their sleep partners snoring is a major problem, interfering with the quality of their sleep and relationship, more severe forms called sleep apnea can even lead to dangerous medical side effects. However, many patients cannot tolerate the CPAP device used to treat their sleep apnea condition.
Arrowhead Dental Associates is pleased to announce that we offer custom fitted oral appliances that can comfortably treat sleep apnea and snoring. All our doctors are qualified to make sleep appliances. We will consult with your physician or sleep clinic to ensure your apnea is controlled with your oral appliance and that it is adjusted for maximum effectiveness.
We use the TAP 3 Elite oral appliance, a comfortable patient-friendly treatment solution for snoring and sleep apnea. It is a great alternative for patients who cannot tolerate the CPAP appliance. The TAP 3 Elite appliance helps to keep the patient’s airway open and improves their breathing while they sleep.Most patients experience relief the very first night they wear their TAP appliance.
If you have been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea by your physician and your CPAP device is not a viable solution your medical insurance may cover the cost of a comfortable oral solution made in our office. Call us for a consultation to see if an oral appliance will work for you.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sleep Apnea
What are the warning signs of sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed for years because patients are unaware that they are experiencing pauses in breathing while they sleep. Because of this, it’s important to know the warning signs of sleep apnea: daytime sleepiness, sore throats and headaches upon waking in the morning, and difficulty concentrating. You or your partner may also observe that you snore loudly or wake up in the middle of the night gasping or choking.
What is the main cause of sleep apnea?
One of the most common causes of sleep apnea is excess soft tissue in the mouth and throat, which relaxes during sleep and blocks the airway. This excess tissue is often associated with obesity.
What happens if sleep apnea is left untreated?
Untreated sleep apnea can increase your risk of a number of health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and mood disorders.
How do you treat sleep apnea without CPAP?
Oral appliance therapy is an effective alternative to CPAP machines that most patients find more comfortable and less cumbersome. These appliances reposition the lower jaw, which helps keep the airway unobstructed through the night.
Can a dentist treat sleep apnea?
Yes, our dentists have specialized training in making sleep appliances. We work in collaboration with your physician or sleep clinic to provide an effective solution that helps you get a better night’s sleep so you can wake up feeling well-rested.
Call 401-364-6300 to schedule your appointment.