Patients with sleep apnea are suffering from exhaustion and low blood oxygen levels. Sleep apnea is characterized by a blockage of the airway during sleep. When airflow stops, the patient wakes up to restart breathing and promptly falls back to sleep–up to hundreds of times each night.
Repeated cycles of poor sleep and decreased oxygenation lead to very serious health threats. Sleep apnea is linked to:
- Cardiovascular problems
- Daytime sleepiness
- Weight gain
- Loss of concentration
- Accident proneness
If you are feeling tired during the day, the first step is to contact a qualified sleep apnea expert. Our dentists have helped many patients overcome sleep apnea.
Treatment Options from Your Dentist
Why see your dentist for sleep apnea? Our doctors understand the workings of the pharyngeal tissue, tongue positioning, and nasal obstructions. They are uniquely qualified to help patients understand what is causing their sleep apnea, and the best way to treat it.
We will assess your history, symptoms, and anatomic relationships. One of the most popular treatment options is a nasal CPAP machine that delivers pressurized oxygen through a face mask to ensure breathing during the night. However, over 70% of patients with this machine are non compliant. There are also surgical options to reduce excessive tissue in the soft palate and throat or reposition the jaws to increase the size of the airway.
One of our most highly recommended treatments is an oral appliance. The appliance is customized to fit your mouth and keep your airway open. The appliance is relatively comfortable and convenient, and will quickly eliminate the effects of sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that needs attention and treatment. We also treat normal snoring so that you and your loved ones can sleep better at night.
If you or your partner has noticed snoring, sleepiness, or mood swings, contact us to schedule a sleep apnea evaluation today. The experts of Center Point Dental look forward to restoring your restful sleep!