Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. The pauses can last 10 seconds or more, and they may occur 30 times or more an hour. This can cause snoring, but it can also cause you to wake up to breathe. Waking up 30 times an hour can leave you feeling tired all day, even after a full night’s sleep. Sleep apnea is caused by a variety of factors, sleep position, the use of alcohol or sedatives, and weight gain.
Therefore, sleep apnea can be treated with lifestyle changes, such as losing weight or sleeping on your side, and with medical devices or surgery. If this is untreated for a while this can lead to hypertension, stroke, heart failure, and other health problems if left untreated. One question that is asked is Can My Dentist Help Treat Sleep Apnea? Keep reading to find out more.
The traditional treatment for sleep apnea has been the use of a CPAP machine. Which uses air pressure to help widen the airway and prevent it from becoming blocked. This machine consists of a pump that pushes fresh air through a mask or nasal tube, directly into the lungs and throat. Overall, this treatment option is effective in treating sleep apnea and helping patients to sleep more soundly and restfully. However, many people still struggle with using CPAP machines due to discomfort or issues with compliance. Our friends at New Providence Dentistry have hope that this ongoing research will lead to improved treatment options for those with sleep apnea.
Dr. Green is a qualified dentist who can help patients with mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea. Similar in shape to a retainer or mouthguard, an oral appliance is built by a qualified dentist. What this does is shifts the jaw muscles and tissue to prevent airway obstruction. The “oral appliance” is becoming popular for patients with mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea because it is less invasive than other treatments, such as CPAP machines. Dr. Green will work with you to find the best treatment for your sleep apnea.
Contact Green Dental Care today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Green. With years of experience in the dental field, he is dedicated to providing his patients with the best possible care. From routine cleanings and checkups to more complex procedures, you can rest assured that you are in good hands with Dr. Green. He takes the time to listen to his patients and answer any questions they may have, so you can make informed decisions about your oral health. Contact Green Dental Care today to see how Dr. Green can help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile.