Sleep soundly, Arkansas! Myriad gentle, painless, precise, and hassle-free treatments for snoring, sleep apnea
Benton Family Dentistry is so committed to diagnosing and treating sleep-disordered breathing that we are rolling out a dedicated menu of services and capabilities under the “Sound Sleep Arkansas” name. Dr. Kyle Benton has developed considerable expertise in preventing, managing and resolving conditions that transcend the health, structure, function, and beauty of the teeth and gums.
Warm up to sleep apnea treatment in Hot Springs
Sleep apnea is generally rooted in lax oropharyngeal tissues (in the mouth and throat). These tissues relax when individuals with sleep apnea are at rest. When this happens, the airway becomes blocked. Our patients cannot breathe uninterrupted, nor do they sleep soundly through the night. Instead, they may be awakened hundreds of times each night. This condition is characterized mainly by loud and persistent snoring, gasping, and choking upon sudden reawakening.
Additionally, those individuals diagnosed with sleep apnea rarely feel refreshed. The resulting chronic sleeplessness and fatigue can significantly affect our cognition, concentration, mood, memory, and job performance. It is also linked to a wide range of serious health concerns, from diabetes to cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Fortunately, Sound Sleep Arkansas is qualified to screen for this severe condition. Dr. Benton also works closely with other doctors and his patients’ care team members to accurately and promptly detect sleep-disordered breathing. Traditionally, individuals diagnosed with sleep apnea had limited options for treatment. These options included CPAP therapy and surgery. While effective, CPAP is cumbersome. Patient compliance is low. Surgery is also not appropriate for all patients and carries with it risks of complications.
There are better ways, including oral appliance therapy. Dr. Benton is also equipped to provide a safe, non-invasive, and comfortable alternative to surgery to tighten lax, problematic oropharyngeal tissues: the DEKA QuietNite laser.
Frequently Asked Questions
The appliance is not painful to wear. It may take a little getting used to if you have never worn any type of oral appliances like a retainer or bite guard. You may have some morning muscle soreness initially, but we have some tips and treatments to help with that.
Yes, you do need to wear it every day. It repositions your lower and upper jaws back to your normal alignment and bite. You should wear it for 15 – 30 min.
When you remove your appliance, use a toothbrush or denture brush with mild hand soap to clean your appliance. Do NOT use toothpaste, as the abrasive agents may scratch your appliance over time. When you receive your appliance, you will also receive a personal ultrasonic cleaning unit for use 1-2 times per week.
We will send you an email with links to videos that will describe some simple self-massage techniques and exercises that will help alleviate the soreness. The level of morning soreness should decrease within 1-2 weeks of wearing the appliance at each adjustment stage. We will also use a TENS unit at your adjustment appointments to ease muscle soreness.