Sleep Apnea Treatment at RiteSmile Dental
Defining Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a serious health condition. OSA is a chronic medical condition that can affect your sleep, health and quality of life. It has been linked to hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, work and driving related accidents and stroke. It can have a significant impact on quality of life, placing unnecessary strain on relationships between bed partners, family and in the workplace. If you or a loved one have OSA or display symptoms such as snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, or pause in breathing while sleeping, treatment is essential.
What Causes OSA?
During sleep, muscles relax, including those that control the tongue and throat. The soft tissue at the back of your throat can sag, narrowing and constricting the airway.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms and Risk Factors
The only way to know for sure if you suffer from sleep apnea is to be diagnosed by a qualified healthcare provider. The symptoms of this sleep disorder typically include:
- High blood pressure
- Choking and gasping during sleep
- Night sweats
- Morning headaches
- Dry mouth
- Impaired ability to concentrate
- Mood changes
- Daytime fatigue
- Learning and Memory Problems
Risk factors for this disorder include being overweight, high blood pressure, large neck size of 17" or greater, family history of sleep apnea, and certain abnormalities of the throat, airway or nose.
Although you must see a qualified specialist for a diagnosis, our dentist can provide care for many cases of sleep apnea, so that you can get the healthful, restful sleep you need and deserve.
Non-Surgical Sleep Apnea Therapies
According to experts, sleep apnea is an under-diagnosed condition, and more men than women suffer. If your sleeping partner says you snore or stop breathing while asleep, or if you experience daytime sleepiness, contact us for a consultation. A sleep apnea device may improve your quality of life. It’s just another way your dentist can help you smile.Patients may now wear dental appliances that reposition the tongue or mandible (lower jawbone).Custom-fitted to the dimensions of your mouth, they reposition the lower jaw so that the airway remains unobstructed during sleep. A dentist cannot diagnose sleep apnea; a diagnosis must be made by a medical doctor after a formal sleep study. However, once a diagnosis is made, oral appliances provide a much more comfortable and convenient alternative to bulky CPAP machines