Because sleep apnea occurs while you sleep, many people may be completely unaware of experiencing it. Over 18 million Americans suffer sleep disruptions due to sleep apnea. A vast majority of these people are not undergoing treatment. Sleep apnea treatment can result in better sleep and overall quality of life. You may be surprised to learn our sleep apnea dentist can help you breathe better while you sleep. Knowing about treatments only makes sense once you know what is being treated.
Sleep apnea is life-threatening because it disrupts your breathing patterns. If you have sleep apnea, when you sleep, your throat muscles relax, causing your tongue to slack backwards and impede your airway. Sleep apnea interrupts the flow of oxygen to your brain and other vital organs throughout your body. If you have sleep apnea, you may stop breathing for up to a minute at a time or wake up in the middle of the night short of breath. Your partner may also notice loud snoring on your part.
Because sleep apnea affects a wide array of individuals, many cases going untreated every year, dentists are taking part in filling in treatment gaps for sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is closely related to dentistry, as it involves the oral cavity (i.e. the mouth). A physician is required to diagnose sleep apnea, but upon an official diagnosis, our sleep apnea dentist may step in and treat patients with certified sleep apnea.
When obstructed airways result in interrupted sleep and breathing, our sleep apnea dentist often provides patients with an oral appliance to keep your airway open while sleeping. Our dentist fits and constructs this device specifically for you and your mouth, which often proves more effective than a generic store-bought appliance. These oral devices are small and discreet in size, making them convenient for everyday wear and travel.
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and feel a custom-made oral appliance might provide relief during sleep, call our office and schedule a consultation with our sleep apnea dentist.