Sleep Apnea Care and Snore Guards
At Germantown Dental Group, our dentists offer treatment for sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and snoring. These sleep disorders not only are daily annoyances for patients who suffer from them, but can also become serious hindrances affecting their physical, mental, and emotional health.
Types of Sleep Disorders
Sleep apnea, or obstructive sleep apnea, is a potentially serious disorder in which breathing starts and stops during sleep due to a brain nerve transmission or excess soft tissues in the mouth, nose, or throat closing. It results in less oxygen to the brain, heart, and tissues affecting memory retention, tissue repair, resistance to infection, and daytime sleepiness. You have likely heard the phrase: “He died in his sleep.” This phrase often refers to sleep apnea, which has become both a national and a worldwide epidemic.
Snoring is a common nuisance to many when a vibrating noise occurs during sleep often disturbing the sleep of the spouse or partner. Lifestyle changes such as weight loss, avoiding alcohol in the evening, or sleeping on one’s side may aid in minimizing snoring.
Treatment for Sleep Apnea and Snoring
Anyone who snores or has noticeable cessation of breathing during sleep should have a sleep study to determine whether sleep apnea or another condition is present. These tests can have serious insight and impact on patients’ overall health. For more information on sleep apnea and treatment, contact our Germantown office for a consultation today.
To understand how to treat sleep apnea and snoring should be treated, our dentists and staff will first try to target the root cause of these ailments. Often, a dental misalignment or oral issue may be to blame for sleep disorders. In these cases, we will create a dental plan to fix any issues when necessary. If the cause is medical or otherwise, we are happy to recommend treatment from specialists and other doctors.
The most widely used treatment for sleep apnea is a CPAP therapy machine (continuous positive airway pressure therapy), which forces air into the lungs during sleep. The CPAP machine covers either a patient’s full mouth and nose, only nose, or has prongs that are placed within the nostrils. Patients may also consider surgery to remove the excess soft tissue. Another alternative is an Intraoral Appliance to hold the airway open during sleep, allowing air to enter the lungs, and stop the noisy vibration.
Our top cosmetic dentists at Germantown Dental Group are trained to analyze your sleep hygiene issues and help you understand your condition. Our professionals can fit patients with SomnoMed® Appliances when appropriate. These include sleep apnea appliances as well as mouth pieces that stop bruxism or teeth-grinding (which often accompanies sleeping disorders). Sleep apnea appliances are often covered by medical insurance.
Contact our sleep-dentistry trained professionals at Germantown Dental Group today for an in-depth analysis into how your sleep habits may be affecting your overall health.