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May
8

How Your Dentist Can Correct Sleep Apnea

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Are you and your sleep partner losing a good night’s rest due to sleep apnea or sleep disordered breathing? Have you tried everything, and become frustrated with CPAP equipment that seems invasive and is loud? There’s an alternative to traditional sleep apnea treatments, and it’s no further than your dental office.

Dentists can effectively treat and manage their patient’s sleep apnea symptoms by using a small, non-invasive dental prosthesis. It may sound too good to be true, but this prosthesis works in a natural way that opens the airway similar to the method used for rescue breathing during CPR. A dental sleep apnea prosthesis guides the jaw forward, opening the area between the tissues in the back of the mouth. This clears the airway and allows oxygen to flow freely without being blocked by the tongue, soft palate, tonsils, or back of the throat.

Many people get instant results from their sleep apnea prosthesis, and some are able to completely eliminate their need for equipment like CPAP machines. Making the dental prosthesis is very easy, and all that is needed is an impression of the upper and lower teeth. Within 1-2 weeks, your dental sleep apnea prosthesis is ready for pick-up. You deserve a night of great sleep, no snoring, and the ability to turn whichever direction you like, without worrying about invasive equipment. No matter how severe your sleep disordered breathing is, it’s time to talk to your dentist about a simple, quick, effective way to manage your condition. You’ll find that better sleep will help you live a healthier life each and every day, and it all starts with your mouth!

Posted on the behalf of Dr. Sarah Roberts, Crabapple Dental

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Nov
18

Sleep Apnea and Your Dentist

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Did you know that your dentist is often the most trusted health care professional to turn to for symptoms of sleep apnea? Due to the fact that most dentists see their patients more frequently than physicians (twice a year for routine cleanings), dentists are often the first to notice signs of sleep apnea. Often, a simple dental health screening can make your dentist aware of signs of sleep apnea.

While snoring is a common indicator of sleep apnea, people who wake in the mornings with mouth or jaw discomfort, headaches, and/or lethargy are often suffering from sleep apnea. After consulting with their patients, dentists can often detect less evident symptoms of sleep apnea like dry mouth or grinding of the teeth.

Most dentists have undergone specialized training for the treatment of sleep apnea. While a confirmed diagnosis from a sleep medical specialist may be needed, dentists are often the source of treatment for sleep apnea. If an appliance is given to a patient to be worn at night in the mouth, dentists are usually the ones making sure the appliance fits their patient’s mouth correctly. Any adjustments will typically be made by your dentist to ensure proper fit and that it safely allows the airway to remain open.

Your dentist is a medical professional and the top priority is your overall health. By remembering that your general health often starts with your mouth, you give your dentist the trust s/he needs to benefit you for life.

Posted on behalf of Dr. James C. Kincaid

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Oct
22

Dental Treatment For Sleep Apnea

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Sleep apnea is a serious condition that affects many people in the United States. It is estimated that at least 12 to 18 million people are suffering with sleep apnea. It is caused by the airway being blocked through the night. Throughout the night, you can stop breathing. Did you know that your dentist is responsible for treating any problems you have with sleep apnea?

If you are having symptoms of sleep apnea you need to schedule an appointment to see your dentist immediately. There are ways to treat this condition. The most used treatment is through Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. Through a machine it will push air through your airway to keep it open. Some dentists will also use Mandibular Advancement to treat sleep apnea simply because they are more comfortable.

Sleep apnea needs to be treated no matter how moderate to severe the symptoms are. You will want to make sure your dentist is one that is educated in sleep apnea. Also, you want to be sure your dentist is continuing his/her education of sleep apnea treatment. If you think you might have sleep apnea, here are a few questions you can inquire your dentist with:

  1. Are you a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicines?
  2. Do you go to the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicines?
  3. Do you have an ear, nose, and throat practice that you work closely with?

With some research you can find the best dental professional to treat your sleep apnea case.

Posted on the behalf of Dr. Sarah Roberts, Crabapple Dental

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Aug
21

Sleep Apnea: The Nighttime Curse

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If you suffer from sleep apnea and live alone, you might not know it. But if you live or sleep with someone who has it, there is no question in your mind.

Sleep apnea is characterized by sleeping with short or shallow breathes, and long pauses in breathing. Sometimes, the afflicted sleeper may even stop breathing for a minute or two – which can be quite alarming to loved ones. This pause in breathing is typically followed by a snort or snore as the person suddenly gasps for air – which can be quite annoying to a loved one.

Unfortunately, there is no test you can take to determine if you have sleep apnea. There’s no blood test and no breathing test. But you will have some symptoms, such as a dry mouth or sore throat, and you may feel fatigued during the day, as apnea is a great disrupter of sleep.

If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to more serious health consequences. It’s been linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and obesity. It can also make you so tired that you become accident prone, which can be very dangerous, especially when driving a vehicle.

But the good news is, once you’ve been diagnosed, the hardest part is over. Your dentist can give you a range of options to help you deal with your apnea, and make you feel healthy again.

One particularly effective sleep apnea treatment that’s being offered by many dentists is a device called the SumnoDent. It looks very much like a mouth guard that children use for sports, except it is custom fit for the patient’s mouth and helps promote regular breathing at night.

If you or someone you love is a loud snorer or startles you at night with pauses in their breathing, talk to your dentist about sleep apnea. A restful night for the whole household could be just a phone call away!

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott

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