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By Dental Wellness of Lexington
February 01, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea  

You have been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA. You hesitate to use the CPAP machine from your sleep physician. Is there an alternative treatment? Yes, there is, and it's available from Dental Wellness of Lexington. Both Dr. Anthony Feck and Dr. Maxie Combs are members of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine They offer qualified patients oral appliance therapy to counter sleep apnea. Read here about how these Lexington, KY, dentists could help you.


Just what is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea affects up to 20 percent of American adults, advises the National Sleep Foundation. What does this sleep disorder involve? Basically, people stop, or cease, breathing periodically when they sleep at night or nap during the day. They repeatedly awaken, gasping for air, and exhibit other symptoms such as:

  • Extremely loud and persistent snoring
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Poor concentration ("brain fog")

Besides these symptoms, sleep apnea has far reaching health effects such as diabetes, memory issues, dementia, high blood pressure and more.
Sleep apnea falls into three categories, namely:

  1. Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA, where the soft tissues at the back of the throat relax and cover the airway as the person sleeps
  2. Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) in which the brain does not signal the respiratory system to take a breath
  3. Mixed Sleep Apnea, which is a combination of the above two

This dangerous sleep disorder happens more to men (by a ratio of two to one) than to women. Age (over 40) and being overweight factor into the diagnosis, too.

People who suspect they have this sleep disorder should speak to their primary care physicians who often refer to sleep physicians for definitive diagnoses by in-depth sleep studies.

A common treatment

Sleep physicians often prescribe CPAP, or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, machines to combat sleep apnea, particularly when the diagnosis is CSA. A bedside CPAP machine is used at night to deliver a steady airflow through a nasal mask to the wearer. This air keeps the airway open, stopping most episodes of sleep apnea.
However, some people find CPAP therapy intolerable. They dislike the mask and the bulky, claustrophobic feeling it can create. The machines can be noisy, require diligent cleaning and present travel problems.

How your Lexington, KY, dentist can help

Oral appliance therapy offers a great alternative to CPAP. Dr. Feck and Dr. Combs prescribe customized acrylic devices which fit comfortably inside the mouth. Resembling sports mouth guards, oral appliances are worn whenever a patient sleeps. An oral appliance positions the lower jaw in a more forward position and thus keeps the airway open and functioning. Snoring is greatly reduced as are the episodes of apnea and startling awake.

Do you qualify?

Why not come to Dental Wellness of Lexington for a consultation? Your dentist will discuss your sleep apnea diagnosis with you and show you how an oral appliance could help you have better sleep and better overall health. Call today: (859) 223-4644.

By Corporate Center Dental Care
July 13, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea  

Getting a better night’s sleep may lie in a trip to your dentist.sleep apnea

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!

By Corporate Center Dental Care
July 14, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea  

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 sleep apneaCombs, 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.

By Corporate Center Dental Care
November 10, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea  

For people suffering from sleep apnea, the basic and fundamental act of going to sleep can become a painful chore. Sometimes sleep apneaunaware 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
  • Insomnia
  • Hypersomnia (extreme daytime sleepiness and fatigue)
  • Difficulty focusing and paying attention
  • Irritability

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)
  • Surgery

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
  • stroke
  • obesity
  • diabetes
  • heart failure
  • arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat)
  • increased risk of traffic and work related accidents
  • hormone disruption
  • depression

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!