Sleep Health Dentistry
Do You Wake Up Feeling Tired?
- Does your spouse say “you snore” or quit breathing during sleep?
- Have you ever “snorted” yourself awake?
- Do you find yourself getting sleepy during the course of the day?
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times. This means the brain — and the rest of the body — may not get enough oxygen.
There are two types of sleep apnea:
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): The more common of the two forms of apnea, it is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep.
Central sleep apnea: Unlike OSA, the airway is not blocked but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe due to instability in the respiratory control center.
Am I at Risk for Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea can affect anyone at any age, even children. Risk factors for sleep apnea include:
- Being overweight
- Being over the age of forty
- Having a large neck size (17 inches or greater in men and 16 inches or greater in women)
- Having large tonsils, a large tongue, or a small jaw bone
- Having a family history of sleep apnea
- Gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD
- Nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum, allergies, or sinus problems
If you are concerned that you (or someone you know) might have signs, please take this confidential online SLEEP HEALTH RISK ASSESSMENT to determine your risk.
GREAT NEWS!!!! We offer free sleep health consultations, too. Just call us to schedule…
If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in a growing number of health problems including:
- High blood pressure
- Heart failure, Irregular heart rhythm, and Heart Attacks
- Worsening of ADHD
Statistically, smoking will take~7 years off of your life, untreated Sleep Apnea will take~12-15 years!
Good News for CPAP users too…
Although CPAP is the most common medical treatment for sleep apnea, if you can not tolerate or dislike the treatment, our Sleep Health Dentists can suggest a comfortable dental option. Much like the one shown above, our dentists can make and titrate a dental device (looks like a mouthguard) that is nearly as effective as CPAP. This device delivers proven results. It is our goal to know that each device is working to the best of its ability and we will test and deliver results to you via an ARES sleep study.
Call us for more information, or for our complimentary consultation.