Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance - Somnodent

Dentists’ are helping their patients and spouses get a restful night sleep an improving their health. It’s not just about teeth anymore!

“Sleep Apnea” has been linked to: Depression; High Blood Pressure; Heart Attack and Heart failure; Stroke; Obesity; Diabetes; Arrhythmia; Work –related or driving accidents. Eliminate “Sleep Apnea” and “Snoring” with a simple, comfortable dental oral Appliance. Get the deep restorative sleep your body needs. Obstructive sleep apnea and snoring can be treated safely and effectively. Dentists’ can save lives by screening patients for OSA, and provide successful treatment through special oral devices.

Sleep Apnea vs. Snoring

Many people mistake sleep apnea and snoring as one in the same. Snoring is the sound heard when a snorer inhales during sleep. This occurs when the soft palate and the uvula vibrate against the back of the throat or base of the tongue. With sleep apnea the airway closes off and creates “pauses” in breathing that can occur anywhere from 5 times to 100 times per hour.

Snoring is often a key indicator of sleep apnea; however it is not always related to sleep apnea. Symptoms include fatigue, headaches, going to the bathroom frequently throughout the night and feeling sleepy during the day. You are more at risk if you are male, overweight, a smoker, or older than 65. Women going through menopause or pregnancy also can be highly susceptible to sleep apnea.

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If you score 11 or above on the Epworth Sleepiness Scale, read on, it may just save your life or the life of a loved one!

Here are the Facts

Sleep Apnea is defined as when breathing stops or becomes very shallow while you are sleeping.

There are three types of Sleep Apnea.

  1. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
    A condition that cures during sleep, due to the narrowing or total closure of the airway.
  2. Central Sleep Apnea (CSA)
    A less common type of Sleep Apnea that is related to the Central Nervous system, rather than an airway obstruction. It occurs when the brain fails to send an electrical signal to the muscles that control breathing.
  3. Complex Sleep Apnea – a combination of OSA and CSA
    Sleep Apnea pause lasts for longer than 10 seconds and depending on the severity of the sleep apnea can occur hundreds of times throughout the night. Did you know that sleep apnea affects approximately 24% of men and 9% of women in the U.S., almost 50.4 million people, with 75% of suffers going undiagnosed?

Sleep Apnea Is Treatable!

The main treatments for sleep apnea include:

  • A custom made sleep apnea oral appliance, which is a medical device worn like a mouth guard. (see illustration above) It is custom made to fit over the upper and lower teeth, adjusting the alignment of the jaw to ensure the airway remains open throughout the night.
  • Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure (CPAP) machine. (see illustration below) A CPAP machine uses a mask that provides a constant stream of air throughout the night to keep the airway open.
  • Surgery by an Ear Nose and Throat surgeon to clear the airway.

Screening for OSA is simple and if the patient shows any positive symptoms, they are referred to a medical sleep specialist for diagnosis and traditional treatment. Dentists cannot diagnose sleep apnea, and oral appliances are not always the best prescription for patients – it’s clearly not the first choice for severe cases of apnea, where CPAP should generally be the first choice recommended. Oral appliance therapy can be given as an option (along with CPAP) for patients diagnosed with mild to moderate OSA. In addition, it is recommended for patients with severe OSA who are not able to tolerate CPAP as therapy. While dentists are not the ones who diagnose sleep apnea, they are indeed able to play a vital role in the whole treatment process. We all know that you are more likely to use something that’s comfortable.

Get your sleep, your health and your life back on track! Discover how you’re custom-crafted; easy to wear Sleep Apnea Dental Appliance can improve the quality of your sleep and the quality of your life!

Please give our office a call if you would like more information. (775) 423-7400, we’ll be happy to set you up with a complimentary consultation.