Sleep Apnea Treatment in Columbia, MD
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition that affects many patients. At the dental practice of Dr. Irv Schindler, we provide sleep apnea appliances, allowing patients to regain restful night’s sleep, preserving overall bodily health.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea exists in two main forms: OSA and CSA. Central sleep apnea (CSA) is a neurological disorder in which signals from the brain fail to reach the muscles controlling the lungs, causing breathing to halt periodically throughout the night. If you believe you may suffer from CSA, contact your primary care physician immediately for diagnosis and treatment.
OSA is the physical obstruction of the airway by the relaxation of the muscles in your throat. This can occur for a number of reasons, including:
- Jaw Orientation
- Small Airways
- Enlarged Tonsils
- Larger Than Average Tongue
These contributing conditions obstruct the airway as you sleep, causing snoring, choking, fatigue, and eventual damage to internal organs.
Why Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea limits the amount of oxygen taken in as you sleep, placing a strain on the body, as the heart attempts to make up for the lack of oxygenated blood. In order to make up for the lack of oxygen, the heart will beat faster, placing a strain on organs, and contributing to systemic issues. The immediate consequences of OSA can also interrupt daily life through excessive fatigue.
Treating Sleep Apnea
Dr. Schindler works with your primary care physician to determine whether oral appliances can alleviate your sleep apnea. For qualifying patients, Dr. Schindler examines the orientation of your jaw and creates a mold of your bite to fabricate your sleep apnea appliance. These appliances help you to keep your bite ideally aligned to promote an open airway, allowing you to achieve restful sleep.
These appliances are molded to fit each patient’s unique bite comfortably as they sleep, taking only a few nights to adjust to their regular use. The appliances themselves are made using durable plastics, ensuring that they are tasteless and do not irritate the interior of your mouth.
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Our Columbia, MD, sleep apnea dentist is committed to providing patients with personalized oral appliances for treating sleep apnea. To learn more about this treatment option, contact our dental practice today.