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People who have a sleep disorder known as sleep apnea may benefit from a mandibular advancement device. This device is used to treat the effects of snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

This is important because leaving this sleep disorder untreated ultimately affects both your health as well as your sleep. At Daniel Richards, DMD in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, we offer dental sleep devices for our patients who suffer mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, specifically.

To determine if you suffer from this sleep disorder, you will need to see a sleep physician for testing and evaluation. Signs that you may have undiagnosed sleep apnea include the following:

-Snoring throughout the night (your partner will let you know).
-Waking up with a sore, dry throat.
-Waking up with frequent headaches.
-Extreme daytime drowsiness.
-Personality changes.

Obstructive sleep apnea causes blocked airways, as the tongue falls back into your throat while you sleep or your tissues collapse. Sleep apnea oral devices help push your jaw and tongue forward while you sleep and keep your airways open.

Not treating sleep apnea increases your likelihood of heart disease, issues with the liver, as well as increased blood pressure. Once the cause and severity of your sleep apnea condition are diagnosed by a sleep physician, you can determine the best treatment options to suit your needs.

Many people prefer an oral sleep apnea device over a CPAP machine because it is less invasive. Your dental appliance fits over your teeth, and either push the jaw forward or keeps the tongue out of the way, opening the airways.

To treat your sleep apnea, our dentist, Dr. Daniel Richards is here to help you achieve the quality sleep you deserve. We invite you to call us today at (205) 823-6300 and speak to one of our friendly staff members.