Sleep apnea is a prevalent condition, with serious, potentially life-threatening consequences if left untreated. Fortunately, at the office of W. Michael Princell DDS, we provide effective treatment for Indianapolis sleep apnea, with customized oral appliance therapy. By managing the symptoms of sleep apnea, our highly skilled dentist can improve your overall health and quality of life.
To diagnose sleep apnea, you will need to undergo a sleep study with a medical professional. If your doctor observes symptoms such as heavy snoring, abrupt awakenings, or gasping for breath, you may suffer from sleep apnea. Patients with sleep apnea may experience daytime symptoms such as headaches, fatigue and difficulty concentrating. The most common type of sleep apnea is referred to as obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when the airway at the back of the throat collapses during sleep. Men who are overweight and over the age of forty are most likely to be diagnosed with this condition. Your doctor may recommend a CPAP machine, which provides continuous air pressure to keep you breathing at night. Another effective treatment for Indianapolis sleep apnea is oral appliance therapy. Our dentist can design an oral appliance that helps keep your airway open during sleep. Our dentist will take impressions of your mouth to design an appliance that fits comfortably and works effectively. The oral device is worn similarly to a retainer, and fits over your teeth, supporting the jaw in a forward position. Our team of dental professionals will instruct you on how to wear and care for your oral appliance properly. The device is portable and easy to maintain.
At the office of W. Michael Princell, we are committed to improving your oral and overall health. With oral appliance therapy, we can treat mild to moderate Indianapolis sleep apnea, and help you get a good night’s rest. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call today.