Posts for tag: sleep apnea
Getting a better night’s sleep may lie in a trip to your dentist.
When it comes to treating sleep disorders it seems like a no-brainer that you would need to go to a sleep specialist to handle your symptoms. Of course, if you’ve been diagnosed with a mild-to-moderate form of obstructive sleep apnea, then our Lexington, KY, dentists - Dr. Anthony Feck, Dr. Maxie Combs and Dr. Carol Wilson - may also be able to jump on board your treatment plan to help you sleep better and manage your sleep apnea symptoms.
How can my dentist help me?
When most people think of the dentist they don’t often think that they would be capable of handling other health issues such as sleep apnea, but when you really think about it you’ll begin to realize why our Lexington general dentists might be the best medical professional for the job.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when either the tongue obstructs the airways while sleeping or the tissues in the back of the throat collapse. Since this is a condition that affects the mouth, this is a problem we can tackle through oral appliance therapy.
What is oral appliance therapy?
This retainer-like appliance is custom made to fit your mouth and is only worn while you sleep. There are over 100 different kinds of oral appliances on the market and all of them offer different benefits based on your condition and specific needs. Most oral appliances work in one of two ways: by positioning the jaws forward to prevent oral tissues from collapsing and obstructing the airways or by preventing the tongue from causing an obstruction.
How do I know if I’m the right candidate for oral appliance therapy?
While this device can be a great way to treat your symptoms and help you get a better night’s rest, it won’t be right for everyone who has been diagnosed with sleep apnea. Our dentists can work with your sleep specialists and other physicians to make sure that your symptoms can be properly and thoroughly managed either with this oral device alone or with both an oral appliance and CPAP equipment (the standard approach for treating sleep apnea).
Are you curious to know whether oral appliance therapy could help you? If so, then it’s time you called Corporate Center Dental Care in Lexington, KY, today. We would be happy to get you on the books!
Sleep apnea doesn't just affect the quality of your sleep, but also has an impact on your daily activities. Dr. Anthony Feck and Dr. Maxie Combs, your Lexington, KY dentists at Corporate Center Dental Care, describe a few signs that may indicate that you have a sleep apnea problem.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when you periodically stop breathing while you sleep. The pauses can range in length from a few seconds to a few minutes. The problem is particularly dangerous because it can be a contributing factor in the development of several conditions and diseases, including heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and an irregular heartbeat.
How does sleep apnea affect your daily life?
If you have sleep apnea, you may experience any of these symptoms:
- Morning Headaches: If you frequently wake up with a headache, sleep apnea may be to blame. Frequent breathing pauses causes an increase in the carbon dioxide in your bloodstream and a decrease in oxygen. Although the headaches only last about an hour, they're a cause for concern.
- Sleepiness: Sleep apnea affects the quality of your sleep. When it occurs night after night, you become sleep deprived. You may find it difficult to stay awake during the day and may feel tired all the time.
- Sore Throat: If you frequently wake up with a sore throat that improves later in the day, you may have sleep apnea. If you snore, as most sleep apnea sufferers do, your mouth and throat will dry out during the night, which can cause a sore throat.
- Moodiness and Concentration Problems: Chronic sleep deprivation can leave you in a bad mood and make it harder to concentrate at work or school. It can even increase your risk of being involved in a traffic accident.
How can your Lexington dentist help?
Your dentist can fit you with a special oral sleep appliance that moves your jaw forward and helps keep your airway open. The appliance looks like a mouthguard and offers a more comfortable alternative to a CPAP machine.
If you have any signs of sleep apnea, Dr. Feck and Dr. Combs, your Lexington, KY dentists at Corporate Center Dental Care, can help you get a better night's sleep. Call them at (859) 223-4644 to make an appointment. Improve your quality of life with sleep apnea treatment.
For people suffering from sleep apnea, the basic and fundamental act of going to sleep can become a painful chore. Sometimes unaware that they are suffering from the condition, many people go to bed at night for what they think will be a good night’s sleep, only to wake up feeling groggy, disoriented, and totally exhausted nonetheless.
The sleep disorder results from irregular breathing patterns, where breathing repeatedly stops and starts again throughout a person’s sleep cycle. It is a fairly common condition that affects millions of Americans each year, and many well known celebrities like Randy Jackson, Quincy Jones, Roseanne Barr, Regis Philbin, William Shatner, Rosie O’Donnell, and Shaquille O’Neal.
There are a few forms of sleep apnea:
Obstructive - the most common form, which causes blockage or collapse of the airway during sleep, resulting in paused or shallow breathing.
Central - less common, this type of sleep apnea occurs when the brain does not send signals to the muscles that control breathing
Complex sleep apnea syndrome (also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea) - combination of obstructive and central sleep apnea
Central and obstructive sleep apnea share many of the same symptoms:
- Loud snoring (typically more common with obstructive sleep apnea)
- Visible periods of breathing cessation during sleep
- Waking up abruptly with shortness of breath (typically more common with central sleep apnea)
- Waking up with dry mouth or sore throat
- Morning headache
- Hypersomnia (extreme daytime sleepiness and fatigue)
- Difficulty focusing and paying attention
Dental Sleep Medicine in Lexington
Sleep apnea is a chronic (long term) condition that requires professional treatment in order to help improve the quality of sleep, as well as to prevent potential health risks that are associated with the condition. The most common forms of treatment include:
- Dental mouthpieces for sleep apnea
- Breathing devices like the oral sleep appliance (available at Corporate Center Dental Care in Lexington)
Potential Sleep Apnea Associated Health Risks
When left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious, potentially life threatening consequences, such as:
- high blood pressure
- heart attack
- heart failure
- arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat)
- increased risk of traffic and work related accidents
- hormone disruption
Are you or a loved one suffering from sleep apnea? Contact Corporate Center Dental Care in Lexington at 859-756-4411 to schedule a consultation today!