We offer a variety of treatment options for sleep apnea, including oral appliance therapy, which is a custom-fitted mouthpiece that helps to keep your airway open while you sleep. We also offer CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines and masks, as well as lifestyle and diet changes that can help improve your condition.
Do I Have Sleep Apnea?
If you snore loudly, feel tired during the day, or have been told by a bed partner that you stop breathing at night, you may have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and other health problems.
What Causes Sleep Apnea?
There are two main types of sleep apnea:
- Obstructive sleep apnea, which is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep.
- Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.
How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?
Treatment for sleep apnea depends on the severity of the condition. Some people may only need to make lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, sleeping on their side, or avoiding alcohol.
Others may need to use a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, which is a device that helps keep the airway open with a steady stream of air. Some people may also need to use an oral appliance, which is a custom-fitted mouthpiece that helps to keep the airway open.
In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remove obstructions in the airway or to implant a device that helps to keep the airway open.
If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our office. We will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is right for you and your unique needs. Call us today to learn more!
Sleep Apnea FAQs
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
The most common symptom of sleep apnea is snoring. Other symptoms can include fatigue during the day, waking up frequently during the night, and being told by a bed partner that you stop breathing at night.
Should I tell my dentist I have sleep apnea?
Yes, it is important to tell your dentist if you have sleep apnea so that they can help you find the best treatment option.
How long does a dental appliance for sleep apnea last?
Dental appliances for sleep apnea usually need to be replaced every five to seven years.
I’ve been told I have sleep apnea, but I don’t want to use a CPAP machine. Are there other options?
Yes, there are other options available for treating sleep apnea. These include oral appliance therapy and lifestyle changes.
What are the side effects of sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and other health problems.
How is sleep apnea diagnosed?
A sleep study is the best way to diagnose sleep apnea. During a sleep study, you will be monitored overnight so that
Can sleep apnea cause dental problems?
Yes, sleep apnea can cause dental problems. These can include tooth grinding (bruxism), temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), and gum disease.
How does sleep apnea affect my ability to drive?
Sleep apnea can affect your ability to drive because it can cause daytime drowsiness. If you have sleep apnea, it is important to talk to your doctor about whether or not it is safe for you to drive.
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