How Can Your Dentist Help With Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea

FEELING A BIT TIRED at times during the day is completely normal, even with a good night’s sleep. Some people, however, struggle every night for a restful sleep, especially those with sleep apnea.

Did you know that one in five adults has obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with 80 percent of cases going undiagnosed? This condition can disrupt your sleep and increase your risk of severe health problems.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea occurs when your muscles relax during sleep, allowing soft tissue to collapse and block the airway. This can cause a person to stop breathing hundreds of times per night, immensely disrupting their sleep. Here are some indications of a problem:

  • Morning headaches
  • Excessive daytime drowsiness
  • Irritability
  • Impaired mental or emotional functioning
  • Insomnia
  • Excessive snoring, choking or gasping during sleep
  • Waking with dry mouth or sore throatWe Can Help
    Dentists are often the first professionals to become aware of a potential case of OSA and many are specially trained for the treatment of sleep apnea. We are just such a practice!

    While the most common treatment for sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, oral appliance therapy that dental professionals provide is the increasingly preferred form of treatment. This is due to the high rejection rate of CPAP therapy and the fact that oral appliances are much more convenient, portable, and easy to care for.

    Oral Appliance Therapy

    Oral appliance therapy uses a mouth guard-like device to maintain an open, unobstructed airway while you sleep. They are typically as easy to wear as most retainers. There are two ways the oral appliance works to open up your airway:

    1. By repositioning your lower jaw, it keeps your throat muscles engaged as you sleep, preventing them from collapsing.
    2. Oral appliances can also move your tongue forward, keeping it from falling back and blocking the throat.

    Don’t Ignore Sleep Apnea

    Never underestimate the power of a good night’s rest! The quality of your sleep is extremely important to your overall health and well-being.

    Dr. Lam is member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AASDM). She is currently working towards her receiving her Diplomate with the AASDM to work closely with sleep doctors to provide the best overall care for her patients. Ask us today how you can better your life by treating sleep apnea through oral appliance therapy!

     

    To learn more about Obstructive Sleep Apnea and how we can help, see the following link: Obstructive Sleep Apnea

    The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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  • My husband also having the same issue. Snoring is seems more of a bedtime annoyance for people sleeping together, but little do they know that snoring could be a sign of an underlying health issue called Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Very few know about the condition and fewer seek treatment. Don’t ignore if you have same, because it may causes an big issue..Thank you.

    • Thank you for your comments Katherine. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is very dangerous if under treated or untreated.

  • My grandpa has been living with us for a few months, and I have noticed that he snores every night. I am wondering if he may have sleep apnea. It is good to know that excessive snoring, choking, or gasping during sleep are some indications of a sleep apnea problem. Thank you for informing me that dentist are specially trained for the treatment of sleep apnea. It looks like we will be paying a visit to our local dentist soon, thanks again.

    • Hi Lauren,
      If you are located in the Palm Beach area of Florida, we would be happy to see you grandpa. I recommend looking on the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine website to find a Qualified Dentist in your area.

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