Sleep Through the Night With an Easy-to-Wear Appliance
If you have sleep apnea, you aren’t alone. About 39 million U.S. adults have obstructive sleep apnea, the most common type of this condition. Fortunately, Dr. McKinney is trained to help patients find much-needed relief from their apnea.
While CPAP machines are often recommended, we have a much better alternative. You can get a custom-fit oral appliance that will keep your airways open while you sleep. You will enjoy numerous benefits:
- Easy to Wear – A CPAP machine can be difficult to wear since the machine uses air pressure to keep your airways open. This can be uncomfortable for patients and leads to dry mouth. Your oral appliance keeps your airways open by simply shifting your jaw forward. Unlike a CPAP, there is no mask to obstruct your face.
- Travel-Friendly – If you travel, you can easily pack your sleep guard in your bag along with your oral hygiene supplies. This is easier than having to take a cumbersome CPAP with you.
- Simple to Clean – You just use a gentle soap and a soft toothbrush to clean your oral appliance. Cleaning a CPAP is a much more involved process.
Your dentist can also create a mouthguard to protect your teeth from grinding or clenching. This is another common nighttime behavior. It can cause jaw pain and headaches and may also damage your teeth.
See Us ASAP With Sleep Apnea Symptoms
It’s important to know the symptoms of sleep apnea. Snoring is a common one, but you should be aware of these other signs too. Visit us for a consultation if you notice morning headaches, daytime fatigue, memory loss, social problems, or impotence. We’ll review your medical history. If you have obstructive sleep apnea, you are more likely to also have diabetes, high blood pressure, and/or acid reflux. We’ll examine you carefully to look for dental signs also. They include an enlarged tongue, enlarged tonsils, pitted teeth, and a scalloped tongue. It’s common for sleep apnea sufferers to also grind their teeth. So you may have worn or damaged enamel.
Call 208-328-4484 for help with your sleep apnea in Priest River. You can also .