May 6, 2010
-- Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that is characterized by interruptions in breathing during sleep. The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when the airway is blocked during sleep. Although nearly twelve million Americans experience sleep apnea, the disorder often goes undiagnosed and untreated. This can be very dangerous, so it is important to recognize some common signs of sleep apnea. These signs include: snoring, headaches, sleepiness during the daytime, tossing and turning during sleep, and choking or gasping during sleep. If sleep apnea is left untreated it can cause excessive daytime sleepiness that can lead to both memory and concentration problems. Sleep apnea in Santa Barbara can also cause cardiovascular problems due to blood oxygen levels dropping during apnea episodes. The decreased blood oxygen levels stress the cardiovascular system, which increases blood pressure. Since both of these issues can be quite serious, it is very important to treat Santa Barbara obstructive sleep apnea effectively.
There are no medications that currently treat obstructive sleep apnea. The most effective treatments in Santa Barbara are oral appliances, breathing treatments, and surgery. Surgery and breathing treatments are recommended for those who have moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea, while those that have mild to moderate sleep apnea are effectively treated with oral appliances. Oral appliances allow the airway to remain open while you sleep, eliminating apnea episodes. Oral appliances that are custom fitted by a dentist or orthodontist are the most comfortable and have the best success at treating obstructive sleep apnea.
SomnoMed makes an oral appliance, SomnoDent MAS, that has been clinically proven to be a safe and effective treatment for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. SomnoDent MAS is a custom designed splint that fits over the upper and lower teeth and is highly effective at eliminating both snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. SomnoDent MAS is comfortable to wear and still allows for the opening and closing of the mouth. Drinking and speaking are both possible while wearing SomnoDent MAS, which is not true of many other oral appliances to prevent sleep apnea currently on the market.
SomnoDent MAS is custom-fit, so it is very comfortable unlike many of the mass produced oral appliances used to treat sleep apnea in Santa Barbara. It is also small enough to fit in the palm of a hand, which makes it perfect for travel or other occasions when discretion is necessary. SomnoDent MAS is made of premium materials and is designed to last for years. The device comes with a one year plus one year extended warranty, so your investment in Santa Barbara SomnoDent MAS is well protected.
SomnoDent MAS is FDA approved for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. It is the only device of its kind that has been extensively tested in clinical trials and proven to be effective at treating mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
The choice of which treatment to choose when dealing with obstructive sleep apnea is never easy, but you can choose SomnoDent MAS with confidence. With SomnoDent MAS you are choosing a superior quality oral appliance that combines effectiveness and comfort so you can finally get a good night’s sleep!
For more information about obstructive sleep apnea and SomnoMed, please visit http://www.santabarbarasleepdentist.com