Sleep Apnea Dentistry
Not sleeping well? Sleep soundly and address snoring issues with sleep apnea dentistry
We offer MicrO2, an easy-to-use and comfortable device that safely alleviates snoring and symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) has been linked to:
- high blood pressure
- heart attack
- cardiovascular disease
- cognitive impairment
- obesity and weight gain
- sexual dysfunction
- injuries due to excessive daytime sleepiness
Signs you should be evaluated for OSA:
- daytime fatigue
- difficulty with nasal breathing due to allergies or sinus issues
- jaw pain
- morning headaches
- large neck size
- acid reflux
- lack of concentration
- restless sleep and irritablity
- family history of sleep apnea
Sleep apnea is a relatively common problem, but a serious one. When someone has sleep apnea, they literally stop breathing while they are sleeping because some of their throat tissue collapses and blocks their airway. When a sleep apnea sufferer stops breathing, they wake up just long enough to start breathing again. The whole night usually passes without the person being aware that woke up, possibly hundreds of times during the night, for these brief periods. The result is a feeling of being tired even if you think you had a good night’s sleep.
Anyone can have sleep apnea, but it is more common in men, people who are overweight and middle aged or older people. It causes snoring, and it can also cause headaches, impaired concentration, depressed mood and irritability.
Sleep apnea dentistry offers solutions to sleep apnea without having to wear a cumbersome CPAP mask and breathing machine. An oral appliance, similar to an orthodontic retainer, can be fitted to the patient and worn only during sleep. It keeps the airway open so breathing can continue normally during sleep.
When removable appliances don’t work well, or when someone wants a permanent solution to their sleep apnea, they may opt for a surgical procedure. There are several surgical procedures that can eliminate sleep apnea, including surgery of the soft palate, nasal surgery, tongue reduction surgery and maxillomandibular advancement. Called MMA, this is the most effective form of surgery for sleep apnea. It is a jaw surgery that enlarges the upper airway, and has a success rate for sleep apnea patients of nearly 100%.
Sleep apnea must be diagnosed by a doctor after an exam and sleep study. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea by a doctor, tell him or her that you are interested in seeing a dentist for treatment. Contact us, at Berkshire Family Dental we will gladly help you with your sleeping problems.