Sleep Apnea

Do you keep someone awake at night with your snoring?  Are you experiencing fatigue, sleeplessness and even breathlessness?  These could be warning signs that abnormal breathing is not taking place during sleep.  Of course, lack of sleep affects those around us due to the loud noise snorers make and loved ones endure.

There are many dental and medical conditions that lead to snoring like overweight, a small retruded jaw, sedatives, allergies, alcohol before retiring or airway obstruction such as enlarged tonsils or adenoids.  However, studies show that many times snoring can be a serious disorder called sleep apnea.  Sleep apnea is defined as a cessation of breathing for a period of 10 seconds or more up to hundreds of times or more a night.

Many times obstructive sleep apnea can be treated very successfully, by a dentist who has acquired the special education necessary, with a conservative, airway oral appliance therapy approach. The American Sleep Disorders Society took a major step forward by including dental therapy in their treatment protocol.  Using oral repositioning airway appliances for sleep apnea as an accepted part of conservative treatment can be very effective!

Your health is your most priceless possession.  So, if you suspect you suffer from a snoring problem or sleep apnea, discuss it with a trained dentist to determine what course of diagnosis and treatment is best.  A qualified sleep dentist in snoring and sleep apnea works together with a sleep specialist in rehabilitating patients with sleep deprivation.  Together they determine the seriousness and the treatment that will improve the patients quality of life.  Proper medical and dental team management is essential!


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