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Do you wake up in the morning still feeling tired? Are you drowsy, irritable or have difficulty concentrating? And is your snoring habit a running joke around your household?
If you mostly answered yes, you may have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This condition is more than an irritation—it could also have major health implications if not addressed.
OSA occurs when the airway becomes temporarily blocked during sleep. The tongue (or other mouth structures like tonsils or the uvula) is often the cause as it relaxes and covers the back of the throat. Although you’re asleep, the brain notices the drop in oxygen and initiates arousal to unblock the airway. As this action usually only takes a few seconds, you may not fully awake every time; but because it can occur several times a night, it can rob you of the deep sleep you need for well-being.
If you’re diagnosed with OSA, your doctor may recommend continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP). This treatment uses a pump device to supply continuous pressurized air through a hose connected to a face mask worn during sleep. The elevated pressure helps keep the airway open.
While this approach is quite effective, many people find wearing the equipment uncomfortable or confining, and may choose not to use it. If that describes you, a qualified dentist may be able to provide you with an alternative called oral appliance therapy (OAT).
OAT uses a custom-made plastic oral appliance you wear while you sleep. The most common snaps over the teeth and uses a hinge mechanism to move the lower jaw (and the tongue with it) forward.
OAT is recommended for people with mild to moderate OSA, or those with severe symptoms who can’t tolerate CPAP. If you’d like to see if an OAT appliance could help you, contact us for a complete oral examination. Either treatment can improve your sleep and daily lifestyle, as well as help prevent certain health issues in the future.
If you would like more information on treatments for sleep apnea, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea.”
Your spouse and children say you snore--all the time and really loudly. Should you be concerned? After all, what's a little noisy breathing? The truth of the matter is that snoring may represent a sleep disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). It threatens the health of more than 40 million Americans, including children, says the National Sleep Foundation. If you have this serious problem, Dr. Scott Sutton and Dr. Shawn Monahan, your Pheonix and Scottsdale, AZ dentists, can help. Snore less, and be healthy: these are achievable goals.
What is sleep apnea?
More than snoring, sleep apnea actually is breathing cessation caused by blockage of your airway. As some people sleep, the muscles at the back of the throat relax, covering the windpipe. Hence, we have the vibration called snoring, but also, breathing stops--up to once a minute, say experts at the National Sleep Foundation.
The resulting obstruction and oxygen deprivation, officially known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea, results in:
- Chronic fatigue and daytime sleepiness
- Memory and concentration problems
- Loss of libido
- Erectile dysfunction
- Night sweats
- Type-2 diabetes
While men over the age of 40 seem more prone to OSA, women and children may suffer from it, as do smokers and people who abuse alcohol.
What to do
See your primary care physician. He or she may recommend an in-office or at-home study of your sleep patterns. If sleep apnea is confirmed, you may need nightly treatment with a CPAP machine. This bedside apparatus opens the airway with a continuous stream of air delivered via nasal mask.
For some individuals, however, CPAP therapy is intolerable (they are claustrophobic) or even too invasive. If this is the case for you, your Pheonix and Scottsdale dentist can help.
Dr. Sutton and Dr. Monahan offer oral appliance therapy. Customized precisely to fit your oral cavity, this comfortable acrylic appliance places the lower jaw in a more forward position. Worn at night, the appliance effectively holds the airway open, eliminating the obstruction which causes snoring and episodes of interrupted breathing.
Learn all about it
Oral appliance therapy works for mild to moderate cases of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. So if you're having problems with snoring and its associated effects, why not contact Waterfront Dentistry in Scottsdale or Metro Refresh Dentistry in Phoenix for more information? Your nightly rest, interpersonal relationships and overall health may benefit. In Scottsdale, call (480) 949-7900, and in Phoenix, call (602) 944-7199.
Suffer from sleep apnea? Find out how our very own dentist could help.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that a lot of people deal with but should not be ignored. In fact, sleep apnea not only causes extreme daytime exhaustion but can also increase your chances of workplace injuries, car accidents and health problems, like heart disease and stroke. Fortunately, our Scottsdale, Tempe and Phoenix, AZ dentists, Dr. Shawn Monahan and Dr. Scott Sutton, are here to tell you more about sleep apnea and how we can help!
Did you know that someone with sleep apnea may wake up to 50 times or more in just one hour while sleeping? You won’t have any memory of waking up this much but you’ll find that it’s nearly impossible to drag yourself out of bed in the morning. If you find yourself extremely sleepy throughout the day, if you wake up with frequent headaches, if you find yourself more irritable or if you are having trouble concentrating, then it’s time to see a sleep specialist to find out if you have sleep apnea.
If you already have sleep apnea and are weighing your treatment options let us tell you how our Scottsdale, Tempe and Phoenix general dentist might be able to treat this sleep disorder. Oral appliance therapy can be a great option for someone with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea or loud snoring. Instead of wearing bulky and awkward equipment over your face to keep airways open as you sleep, this small appliance is worn over your teeth just like a mouthguard.
This sleep apnea dental appliance is designed to hold the jaws in a forward position to keep passageways open while you sleep. It also prevents the tongue from potentially obstructing the back of your throat and affecting how you breathe throughout the night. These appliances are custom-made to fit your mouth and are a convenient and easy way to get a better night’s sleep. Of course, this treatment isn’t right for those with more severe symptoms or those who find CPAP therapy effective.
Don’t let sleep apnea ruin your ability to have sweet dreams. Discover what it’s like to finally wake up refreshed and rejuvenated. Waterfront Dentistry in Scottsdale, Tempe and Phoenix, AZ can help. Call us today to find out if oral appliance therapy is right for you.