Sleep Apnea Therapy
Do you experience chronic snoring, wakeup feeling just as tired as you were before going to bed, or have frequent headaches in the morning? You may be one of the millions of adults in the US who suffer from a common sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. Apnea is a Greek word for the cessation of breath. Patients who suffer from sleep apnea stop breathing for ten or more seconds at a time during sleep, and these sufferers can have hundreds of apnea events each night. While this may seem like a harmless condition, upon further evaluation we have determined this disorder can lead to serious health concerns. At Southland Smiles, we offer custom therapies that allow sleep apnea sufferers to sleep soundly and breathe deeply during sleep. If you experience any indicators that you’re suffering from sleep apnea or have already been diagnosed by a sleep physician, contact our team to schedule a sleep apnea consultation.
How do I Know if I have Sleep Apnea?
The only way to know for sure is to undergo a sleep study that will monitor your sleep and track any breathing cessation. However, there are numerous symptoms and risk factors associated with sleep apnea that patients should let their sleep doctor or our dentist know about including:
- Chronic loud snoring
- Waking gasping for air or wheezing
- Waking with headaches
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Difficulty concentrating, memory loss, and other cognitive changes
Why Should I Visit the Dentist for Sleep Apnea Treatment?
Sleep physicians usually recommend continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) for the treatment of sleep apnea. However, patients often find it difficult to adjust to this treatment. Our team offers a more comfortable, portable treatment solution – oral appliance therapy. These custom appliances shift the jaw forward. This places pressure on the throat muscles to keep the airway clear during sleep, allowing patients to breathe deeply and stay soundly asleep. These appliances may also be beneficial for those patients who experience chronic snoring without sleep apnea.