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Treating Sleep Apnea With An Oral Appliance

charles city sleep apnea
charles city sleep apnea

When you have trouble sleeping at night, wake up gasping for air, snore, and feel tired during the day, then you could be suffering from sleep apnea. But our team can help, and in fact, can do so with a custom oral appliance! In today’s blog, your Charles City, IA, dentist talks about improving sleep with oral appliance therapy.

The Warning Signs of Sleep Apnea

As we touched on above, symptoms of sleep apnea could include chronic snoring, waking up gasping or choking in the night, and daytime exhaustion. You could also feel irritable during the day, or have issues with memory or concentration. Dry mouth and headaches are also common. The disorder means that your breathing is interrupted at night by the collapse of soft tissues in the back of your mouth and in your throat. You stop breathing until the brain wakes you upon registering the lack of oxygen. You may not remember this happening, but it interrupts your sleep multiple times a night.

The Benefits of Treatment

With treatment, you feel more rested and alert, and your work performance can improve. Your quality of life improves as well, as you can have more enjoyable interactions with others and feel less irritable. But this also prevents stress on your immune system, so you avoid more frequent illness. In addition, this prevents strain on your cardiovascular system, so the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and even stroke or heart attack reduces. You also have a better memory too! When you experience the symptoms we discussed above, please reach out to our team right away so we can help you sleep without complication.

Creating an Oral Appliance

Our team will conduct a diagnosis by carefully examining your smile to look for the common indicators of sleep apnea. We may also ask you questions with a sleep assessment to gauge your risk factors and symptoms. For many, we can offer treatment with an oral appliance. The device will be custom-made to ensure it fits comfortably, and is worn like a mouthguard while you sleep. When in place, this device will shift your jaw and tongue forward to keep airways open and free of obstruction. The device is easy to use, clean, and store, and can travel with you easily too!

If you have any questions about how we diagnose and treat sleep apnea, or about our custom-fitted oral appliances, then contact our team today to learn more.


Our team wants to offer care to ensure you can sleep without breathing issues! For information on our custom and comfortable oral appliance, then talk to Central Park Dentistry in Charles City, IA at (641)228-1115!