Sleep Apnea Overview

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that, left untreated, can contribute to life-threatening health issues. Fortunately, Silent Night Therapy provides effective diagnosis and treatment options for those diagnosed with this disruptive condition.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder characterized by repeated interruptions in breathing throughout the night. It is caused by the muscles in the throat relaxing and blocking the airway during sleep, preventing oxygen from reaching the lungs.

There are two main types of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea, the more common form, involves the soft tissues in the back of the throat collapsing and blocking airflow. In central sleep apnea, the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe due to instability in the respiratory control center.

The Risks of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea leads to more than a bad night’s sleep. Chronic lack of oxygen can cause serious health issues like:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)
  • Heart failure
  • Diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Obesity
  • Insulin resistance
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Cognitive dysfunction
  • Dementia
  • Fatigue
  • Earlier mortality

What is Silent Night Therapy?

Silent Night Therapy is the dedicated sleep team at Babylon Dental Care. Dr. Brown’s expert team is committed to effectively treating your Obstructive Sleep Apnea so that you can once again enjoy uninterrupted nights of restful sleep.

How Silent Night Therapy Treats Sleep Apnea

If you have obstructive sleep apnea and have struggled with CPAP treatments, Oral Appliance Therapy may be a more comfortable and effective solution.

Oral appliances are plastic mouthpieces custom-fitted by dentists to keep the airway open during sleep. They position the jaw slightly forward to prevent the soft tissues in the throat from collapsing and obstructing normal breathing. This opens the airway to allow restful sleep. Appliances are much smaller and more comfortable than CPAP machines, which is why studies have shown better adherence rates among oral appliance users than CPAP users.

Custom-made oral appliances last several years and require little maintenance. Potential side effects are usually minor, such as dry mouth, irritation of the gums, or jaw discomfort. These can often be remedied with adjustments to the appliance.

Looking for an alternative to CPAP therapy? Dr. Brown and the Silent Night Therapy team are here to help! Click here to learn more about Sleep Apnea and Silent Night Therapy. Ask us about Oral Appliance Therapy today!