Sleep Apnea Appliance
Why Would a Dentist Treat Sleep Apnea? Isn’t That a Breathing Problem?
Yes, sleep apnea is a breathing problem, but the cause of sleep apnea often lies in the soft tissues of the throat. During sleep, these tissues become very relaxed, and fall into the throat, blocking the airway. Depending on the severity of the blockage, some patients will stop breathing. This can happen between 30 to over 100 times in a night in severe cases.
In addition to providing high quality complete dental care and restorative dentistry, Dr. George is also trained to treat patients for sleep apnea. In fact, Dr. George is your best choice for a safe, effective anti-snoring or sleep apnea treatment.
How Do I Know If Have Sleep Apnea?
Many sleep apnea sufferers don’t even know they have the condition. Signs of sleep apnea include excessive daytime fatigue, even with a full night’s sleep; insomnia, nightmares, sleep deprivation, or snoring. Your partner may also complain that you are snoring loudly or gasping in your sleep.
Why Should I Get Tested for Sleep Apnea?
Snoring is an annoyance. Sleep apnea is a serious health condition. Sleep can create serious health problems. Sleep apnea interrupts your sleep, whether you are aware of it or not, causing you to awaken during the night to catch your breath partially. Both the sleeplessness and lack of oxygen flow to the brain caused by sleep can cause serious, even fatal, health problems, like high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and pulmonary complications.
Sleep apnea can also cause oral health complications, like dry mouth and damaged enamel. Tooth grinding and enamel damage is a frequent symptom of sleep apnea patients.
Are Sleep Apnea Treatments Safe?
Yes. We provide our sleep apnea patients with custom-fit dental appliances that keep their airways clear and open during sleep. These dental appliances safely and effectively reduce or eliminate snoring and provide patients with the restful night’s sleep they need. No drugs, loud machines, or surgery is necessary.
How Do I Know if A Dental Appliance Is Right for Me?
During your consultation, we will do a thorough examination of your mouth and throat to determine whether your snoring problem can be resolved with a dental appliance, or if your condition is being caused by something else. If we determine that your snoring is caused by a medical condition that cannot be resolved in our office, we will refer you to your physician or a specialist for appropriate treatment.
Showing signs of sleep apnea? Dr. George can help. Call 724-934-3422 for a sleep apnea consultation.