Sleep Apnea Therapy in Kansas City
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder effecting millions of US adults. Sleep apnea is the cessation of breathing for ten or more seconds at a time during sleep. There are two forms of apnea, central and obstructive. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain is unable to trigger the body to inhale and exhale properly, and requires advanced treatment. The more common obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs, as the name suggests, when the airway is obstructed at night. The most common treatment option for OSA is continuous positive airway pressure known as CPAP. However, many patients find themselves CPAP intolerant and do not use this therapy consistently because they’re unable to adjust to the sound and sensation.
For these patients and those who travel frequently and need a more portable option, a custom oral appliance from Byars Dental may be a better solution. These appliances shift the jaw forward, tightening the throat, and preventing airway blockage during sleep. If you believe you’re suffering from sleep apnea or are unable to achieve the necessary relief with CPAP therapy alone, we invite you to contact our Kansas City, MO dental office to schedule a sleep apnea consultation.