Oral Appliance for Sleep Apnea Treatment and A Better Night’s Sleep

At Highland Dental Clinic, Dr. Blanca Fernandez takes a comprehensive approach to dental treatment. Dr. Fernandez and our team understand how many seemingly unrelated medical conditions can be treated by a dental team for whole-body wellness improvement. While you may view sleep apnea, particularly obstructive sleep apnea, as something unrelated to dentistry, this is not the case. Dr. Fernandez and our team offer oral appliance therapy for treating obstructive sleep apnea in Lakeland, Florida.

What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when you fall asleep and your airway, which is used for proper breathing, becomes blocked or obstructed. As you sleep, this cuts off your oxygen supply and signals your brain to wake up. This can happen anywhere from a few times to a few hundred times per night, and you likely aren’t even aware that you are waking up throughout the night. You may wake up each morning thinking you have had a restful night of sleep. However, your body is fully aware that it did not get the rest it requires, and you will suffer the consequences of this lack of good rest as your day progresses.

Oral Appliance Therapy

We are happy to offer oral appliance therapy to patients suffering from sleep apnea. Our oral appliances will allow you to sleep without your airway becoming obstructed. While you may have heard about CPAP machines, these devices can often be uncomfortable to wear, are loud, and can make it more difficult to sleep if you cannot get used to wearing them. This is why we offer a simple, comfortable oral appliance that will shift your jaw’s position, ensuring your airway remains open. There is no need for a bulky facemask, either! 

Our oral appliance looks and fits like an athletic mouth guard, is made of a flexible material for comfort, and is easy to pack for nights away from home.

If you are looking for an alternative to a CPAP machine for sleep apnea treatment, please schedule an appointment with us today by calling (863) 457-1954.

Blanca Fernandez, DMD
Blanca Fernandez, DMD

Dr. Blanca Fernandez is a skilled dentist in Lakeland, FL. She studied general dentistry at the Colombian Dental College and studied prosthodontics and received a Master of Science at the Dentistry Foundation of San Martin in Bogota, Colombia. She earned her Doctorate in Dental Medicine at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. With specialized training in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and oral surgery, Dr. Fernandez is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and member of the American Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, West Coast Dental Association, and Polk County Dental Association.