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Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep apnea and dentistry, not something that you would commonly think of together, let alone realize that there even is a connection and treatment options available through dental care.

But what does dentistry have to do with sleep apnea? Well quit a lot in fact. For example, one cause of grinding your teeth at night as been linked to sleep apnea. Sometimes the soft tissue of the back of the throat can relax too much or collapse resulting in a restricted airway. A leading idea is that the brain reacts to this by causing the jaw to flex the muscles or grind the teeth. This action will tighten the softer tissues along the side of the throat and move the jaw forward to help open the airway more.

The traditional method for treating sleep apnea is the use of a CPAP machine which gives positive pressure air to a mask you wear over your nose and mouth while you sleep. You can only imagine how cumbersome that could be. Fortunately, there are alternative options for treatment of sleep apnea.

And this is where Dr. Peterson can help.

Now, if your sleep apnea is severe you will need a CPAP as a necessary treatment; however, in some mild to moderate cases, a simple dental appliance can help and may be a better option for you. This device, similar to the classic retainer, moves your lower jaw forward and opens up the airway, alleviating the restriction caused by the soft tissue at the back of the throat.

No restricted airway means no jaw tightening or teeth grinding and that means a better, quieter sleep.

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