Top 5 Signs You May Have Sleep Apnea
Here at Excellent Dental Specialists, we use the latest technology to make your health as outstanding as possible. This includes the latest in sleep medicine. No matter what your ailment is, if there is a way for us to help, we will do everything we can. For some general information, we have provided a synopsis of sleep medicine and the appliances that we can use for treatment, but for more specifics or a consultation, give us a call today!
What do dentists have to do with sleep?
While sleep conditions are diagnosed by a sleep specialist, some treatment options are pioneered by dentists. Obstructive sleep apnea and snoring in adults can be managed using oral appliances that benefit the user while they try to sleep by keeping symptoms at a minimum or erasing them entirely.
What is an oral appliance?
An oral appliance is a mouthpiece that is worn during sleep to minimize symptoms for a more restful night. They are worn like a mouthguard or a retainer and are used to support your jaw. Sometimes, when sleeping, your jaw can shift and collapse your airways. This causes snoring and can lead to worse sleep problems. The mouthpiece supports the jaw and keeps it forward so that airways stay open for a good night’s rest.
Sleep apnea is slightly different. Sleep apnea is a more severe sleep disorder in which a patient experiences interrupted breathing throughout the night and can stop breathing up to 100 or more times per night. If you have been diagnosed by a certified physician to have sleep apnea, there are other options for you. Those with sleep apnea are given a CPAP machine to wear and use while sleeping. CPAP stands for Continued Positive Airway Pressure and is a machine that pumps air into your airways to stimulate regular breathing throughout the night.
It is at a high enough pressure that obstructions can be worked through to keep your breathing healthy and give you a good night's sleep. A CPAP machine is a face mask, and not everyone can adhere to that system of treatment. If you cannot for whatever reason use a CPAP machine, there are mouthpieces and similar oral appliances available specifically for sleep apnea. If none of those options are feasible or effective enough for you, there are also surgeries that we can perform to open up those passageways to better your health and decrease any risk.
Finding out you have a sleep disorder can be stressful if you are unsure where to turn or what to do. Excellent Dental Specialists will help you find the best possible solution and work with you through any possible hiccups. Your well-being is our number one priority, and our caring staff can assure you that you are in the best hands. If you are looking for a solution to your sleep disorder needs, give us a call today at (210) 598-8933
and we will work with you one on one to find your happy ending and good night's sleep.