Dr. Greg J Herd DDS and Associates can treat the most common sleep disorders, like snoring and sleep apnea, using oral appliance therapy that involves wearing a device in your mouth during sleep. With an oral appliance, Dr.Greg J Herd can minimize or eliminate the symptoms of sleep apnea for his patients.
Common Sleep Problems That Can Be Treated
Snoring occurs as a result of partial obstruction to the natural breathing process that happens when some soft tissues of the palate and throat begin to vibrate and flap around during deep sleep. Besides being disruptive to the healthy night sleep, snoring might also represent a health risk. For instance, it has been linked to diabetes and even heart attack.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that often develops from snoring. It’s a complete interruption of breathing for a short period of time, after which the patient fully or partially awakens and resumes breathing. Sleep apnea is a dangerous affliction that has been associated with a number of health conditions, including:
- High blood pressure
- Heart problems and even stroke
- Erectile problems
- Cognitive impairment
- Emotional problems
Sleep apnea is also responsible for a significant amount of serious car accidents, when a driver feels exhausted from lack of sleep.
Both of the above conditions might become further aggravated by the use of sleep medications, drugs or alcohol. article
How Dental Sleep Disorder Treatments Work
Dr.Greg J Herd DDS and Associates offer advanced oral appliances that will help you control snoring and reduce the occurrences of sleep apnea by enlarging the air passages and allowing for a more natural breathing.
The oral appliance therapy uses oral devices that are made of soft plastic and are quite comfortable to wear. These sleep disorder treatment devices are small, easy to insert and take out and might remind you of athletic mouth guards. They work by preventing the tongue and soft tissues in your throat from getting in the way of the airflow, and as a result patients are able to breathe sufficient oxygen during sleep. Our experienced dental specialists will cooperate with your primary care physician to thoroughly evaluate your specific physical conditions and select a sleep apnea dental appliance that perfectly fits your individual needs.