Do you or your partner snore? Do you often feel more tired when you wake up than when you went to sleep? You or your partner could be at risk for sleep apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea, and a growing dental concern in the United States. OSA occurs when the airway becomes momentarily blocked, cutting off the flow of oxygen to the vital organs. This happens when the soft tissues in the mouth relax and collapse towards the back of the throat.
The involuntary movement of the soft tissues can repeatedly close the airway during sleep, causing breathing and heart problems. If left untreated, sleep apnea could lead to a sudden stroke or heart attack.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
There are multiple signs of sleep apnea to be aware of:
- Consistent, loud snoring
- Waking up to breathe
- Headaches that arise in the morning
- Difficulty concentrating
- Dry mouth
- Feeling excessively tired during the day
- Sleeping with an open mouth
While anyone can be diagnosed with a sleep disorder, men over the age of 40 are most commonly diagnosed with sleep apnea. Patients who have a large neck circumference, are overweight, diabetic, have high blood pressure, or have a genetic predisposition are also more prone to the condition than other patients.
If you have noticed any of the symptoms of sleep apnea, call the Stewart Dental Group at 704-255-4256. Our professional team will help you treat your sleep apnea at the source for a safer and more restful night of sleep.
Treatment for Sleep Apnea
The most common form of treatment for sleep apnea is the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. Many patients report that this machine is inconvenient and uncomfortable. It involves wearing a mask all night long that continuously blows air into the mouth of patient to help keep the airway open. A tube runs from the mask to a bedside machine. While this does not bother some people, there are patients who desperately need an alternative, more convenient solution.
Oral appliance therapy is a treatment that can help patients with mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea. Dr. Randall Stewart or Dr. Melissa Stewart will coordinate with a specialist to determine if this method is right for you. An oral sleep appliance is just like a mouth piece and will be worn while you sleep. They are custom made from impressions of your teeth so that they fit snugly in the mouth. This solution will push the lower jaw into a forward position to open up the airways and prevents the soft tissue in the back of the throat from collapsing. This form of sleep apnea treatment is easier to use and care for. It does not require being attached to a machine all night or have air blowing in your face.
Treat Sleep Apnea Today
Do you think you or your partner may have sleep apnea? Call the Stewart Dental Group for sleep apnea treatment in Charlotte at 704-255-4256. You can also request an appointment with us online for comfortable and convenient care near you.