Visiting your dentist for obstructive sleep apnea treatment

Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA as it is sometimes called, is a sleep-disordered breathing problem that can affect anybody at any age and gender. It can cause loud snoring and interrupted breathing during the night, causing patients to feel lethargic during the day even if they had what they believed was a “good night’s rest.” OSA can impact one’s quality of life, making treating it important. Drs. Jerald Matt and Naila Bryan of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, offer a solution for obstructive sleep apnea that does not require the dreaded CPAP machine.

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How can sleep-disordered breathing be resolved with the help of a dentist?

If you have been diagnosed with OSA, otherwise known as obstructive sleep apnea, and your physician has suggested the use of a CPAP machine, you may find yourself not wearing the device as recommended because it can be uncomfortable and challenging to travel with. This ultimately leaves you with loud snoring and a return of your OSA symptoms. However, with the assistance of a dentist, you can utilize a snoring mouthpiece as an alternative sleep apnea treatment. This mouthpiece is often called an oral appliance and is worn at night to maintain open airways.

The oral appliance is custom-made for you! Drs. Matt and Bryan will take a dental impression of your mouth and send it to a lab where they create the oral appliance that will fit comfortably in your mouth. During the fitting process, they will ensure your jaw is positioned correctly to address any snoring or sleep apnea-related issues. Additionally, they will give you instructions on how to care for it and clean it to protect its longevity.

How do I find out if a snoring mouthpiece is right for me?

Are you unhappy with the use of the CPAP machine? Are you seeking another way to address your sleep apnea that is more comfortable and easy to use? If you are ready to treat your sleep-disordered breathing and snoring issues with an oral appliance, Drs. Jerald Matt and Naila Bryan at Main Line Dental Health and Wellness can assist in determining if you are a proper candidate for this solution. Call (610) 947-5566 to request an appointment at 776 West Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr, PA, and learn more about obstructive sleep apnea treatment alternatives!