Dental Treatment for Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that can disrupt a person’s ability to sleep and breathe. If left untreated, sleep apnea can be life-threatening. In the past, continuous positive airway devices (CPAP) were used exclusively to treat this disorder. Although effective, these machines are clunky and uncomfortable. Now, we are happy to offer safe, reliable alternatives to CPAP machines.


Here at Chagrin Highlands Dental Group, we use comfortable, state-of-the-art oral appliances to hold your jaw in place and promote airflow.

How Does This Disorder Occur?

Although sleep apnea affects people of every age, some traits may put you at more risk than others. This disorder occurs when your breathing becomes shallow or stops during sleep.

Generally, this happens when your soft palate or tongue collapses into your throat and restricts airflow. This is called obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is most prevalent among men. It primarily affects people who are overweight and those who are older than 40.

Another less common form of sleep apnea is central sleep apnea. This condition occurs when your brain does not send the proper signals to the muscles responsible for breathing. Some medical conditions may put you at risk for this disorder.

In some cases, obstructive and central sleep apnea can occur at the same time. This is known as mixed apnea.

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What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

Snoring is the most common sign of sleep apnea. Snoring is primarily caused by obstructed airflow. Although not everyone who snores suffers from sleep apnea, it is often a sign of underlying problems.

Other symptoms to look out for include:

  • Insomnia
  • Dry mouth and throat
  • Sore throat
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Constant nightmares
  • Loud breathing
  • Lapses in breathing

Although there are other symptoms, these are the most common.

How is Sleep Apnea Treated?

To begin, you will need to attend a sleep study and be officially diagnosed with sleep apnea. Once you have been diagnosed, Dr. Desatnik can help you find relief.

Here at Chagrin Highlands Dental Group, we use oral appliance therapy to treat our patients. Unlike traditional CPAP machines, oral appliances are small, comfortable, and easy to use. These mouthpieces are custom-made and fitted for your mouth. These small plastic devices realign your lower jaw and tongue to open your throat and improve airflow.

A Commitment to Comfortable and Effective CPAP Alternatives

The mission of The Northeast Ohio Center for Dental Sleep Medicine is to provide individuals who are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea with a more comfortable and less cumbersome alternative to CPAP machines. With customized oral appliance therapy, we can help you reduce serious risks to your health and attain a full, uninterrupted, truly restful sleep.

Oral appliance therapy can be an effective treatment option for sleep apnea. With that in mind, it is very important for patients to know that not all providers are the same. Our practice is committed to offering patients a comprehensive selection of customized oral appliance options, adhering to established dental sleep medicine guidelines, working in close collaboration with your physician to formulate the best possible treatment plan, and providing you with a level of care and results that you may not be able to find anywhere else. Click here to learn more about our approach to sleep apnea.

If you would like to learn more about sleep apnea treatments and oral appliances, call our office at 216-464-9800. Together, we can help you overcome sleep apnea!

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