Sleep Apnea & Snoring Treatment
For me, this is the most personally fulfilling service we provide for our patients. Not only are we changing the public’s perspective of what dentistry can offer them, but we are opening the door to change the quality of their entire life. It feels really good to know we are helping people live fuller, happier lives.
In the past, snoring was something of a joke at which we could all laugh. However, today we know it’s no laughing matter. Snoring often indicates that someone isn’t breathing enough oxygen during sleep, because their tongue and soft tissues of the throat are blocking the airway. When a person has repeated prolonged episodes during sleep where the amount of oxygen is reduced by 90% or more, the condition is called “Obstructive Sleep Apnea.”
Studies estimate that in the US up to 58% of men and 37% of women are affected by Obstructive Sleep Apnea, with the highest prevalence being among people living in the southeastern region of the US.
up to 58% of men and 37% of women are affected by Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
The most common sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea is snoring. Many people also report they wake up during the night gasping for air, sleeping restlessly, or leave their spouses worried that they may not be breathing. However, many people who clench or grind their teeth are unaware they have Obstructive Sleep Apnea, because they do not snore. Research shows that 44% of people who clench or grind their teeth are also affected by Obstructive Sleep Apnea. As someone who does not snore yet has Obstructive Sleep Apnea and as a doctor in Searcy who is an accredited member of the Academy of Sleep Dentistry Disciplines, I understand the hidden risk this poses to lives in the Searcy community.
Whenever the body is deprived of oxygen, your whole body suffers. Here are the most common medical complications linked to Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
- Heart attack
- High Blood Pressure
- Memory Loss
- Excessive Day-time Sleepiness
- Weight Gain
If you SCORED A 10 OR HIGHER, YOU ARE AT SIGNIFICANT RISK FOR SLEEP APNEA AND SHOULD Schedule an appointment
The home test is remarkably simple to use as it requires only one night of sleep in your own bed. After you take the test, we will upload your data and send it to the sleep doctors with whom we collaborate for them to read your test.
If your test shows that you are not breathing adequately during sleep, we can often make you an Apnea Appliance custom fit to your mouth that will allow you to breathe safely and sleep better. I wear one every night, and I sleep well now that I can breathe better and have the peace of mind that comes from knowing I am taking care of my heart. Here are some images of the types of Apnea Appliances we prescribe at TFD.
Once you start wearing your Apnea Appliance, we can make any necessary adjustments to assist you with comfort, fit, and effectiveness. We will follow your progress, and make sure you are getting the results you need. If you have any questions or we can help you in any way, please Schedule an appointment.