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Suffering from sleep apnea? Find out how your dentist could help you.
Sleep apnea is a pretty serious condition. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t even realize that their restless sleep and daytime exhaustion could be due to this sleep disorder. If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea and you are weighing your treatment options, it may be a good time to sit down with our Scottsdale, Tempe and Phoenix, AZ, dentists, Dr. Shawn Monahan and Dr. Scott Sutton, and talk about how they can help you.
Those who have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may be able to benefit from a visit to their Scottsdale, Tempe and Phoenix general dentist. While you should certainly have a sleep doctor to turn to for care, also know that we may be able to provide an effective alternative treatment for managing your sleep disorder.
How can a dentist help?
Our dentists specialize in providing oral appliance therapy, a small device that is designed to fit over your upper and lower teeth to either prevent the tongue from obstructing airways or to reposition the jaw to also keep airways open. This device only has to be worn while you sleep and each device is custom-fitted to your mouth.
When you come into our office, we will go through an extensive consultation to determine if this is the best approach for handling your sleep apnea. We will even work with your sleep doctors to help determine your candidacy. Oral appliance therapy isn’t right for everyone and you may still need to use your CPAP treatment on top of wearing this oral appliance in order to get the best results; however, sometimes those with more mild-to-moderate sleep apnea may only require this simple oral device to get the sound sleep they’ve been looking for.
What are the benefits of oral appliance therapy?
You may already be able to imagine the many advantages to getting oral appliance therapy over CPAP. While CPAP treatment will still remain the number one way to keep your sleep apnea symptoms under control, oral appliance therapy may be a great option for so many people dealing with this potentially dangerous sleep disorder. Some of the benefits you’ll enjoy include:
- A comfortable, easy fit
- No need for bulky equipment
- A quiet way to treat your symptoms (sometimes CPAP equipment can wake patients up at night)
- A treatment that’s easy to travel with
- A device that is simple to care for and maintain
Sleep apnea doesn’t have to take over your sleep schedule. Get the restful sleep you deserve. Call Waterfront Dentistry in Scottsdale, Tempe and Phoenix, AZ, today to schedule a consultation. Let us know that you are interested in oral appliance therapy.
Are you constantly tired during the day, even if you go to bed at a reasonable hour? You may have sleep apnea. Dr. Scott Sutton and Dr. Shawn Monahan, your Tempe, Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ dentists at Waterfront Dentistry, share some important information about this common condition.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Gasping for breath during the night
- Feeling as if you're choking while you sleep
- Loud snoring
- Pauses in your breathing during the night
- Weight gain
- Fatigue during the day
- Morning headache
- Trouble concentrating or paying attention at work or school
- Depression or irritability
What happens at night?
When you fall asleep, every part of your body relaxes completely, including your throat and tongue. If you have sleep apnea, the tissues in your throat and your tongue fall into your airway, partially blocking. In some cases, the walls of your throat collapse and prevent air from reaching your lungs. If your airway becomes completely blocked, you'll suddenly gasp for air and waken briefly. Waking up allows your throat to regain normal muscle tone and allows you to breathe normally again. You may not be aware that you experience breathing pauses, although friends or family members may tell you that you do this. If the problem is severe, you may wake up numerous times throughout the night.
How can my Tempe, Phoenix and Scottsdale dentist help me?
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines are usually recommended for people who have sleep apnea. The machines work by forcing a constant stream of air through the throat. Unfortunately, wearing the CPAP mask can be uncomfortable, and some users just can't adjust to them. Your dentist offers a much more comfortable oral appliance that prevents airway blockages. The custom-made appliance fits over your teeth and holds your jaw in a forward position. When your jaw is in this position, your airway remains open and your tongue can't fall into it.
Interested in learning more about oral appliances for sleep apnea? Call Drs. Sutton and Monahan, your Tempe, Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ, dentists at Waterfront Dentistry, to schedule an appointment. Put an end to sleep apnea with an oral appliance.