Sleep Apnea Treatment
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea, according to the National Institutes of Health, is a common disorder where an individual has one or more pauses in breathing while they sleep. These pauses can last from just a few seconds to minutes and can occur 30 or more times per hour. It’s a chronic condition that disrupts sleep and can negatively impact the deep, restorative sleep your body needs.
What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
There are many conditions that can lead to a sleep apnea diagnosis. Here are a few more common ones:
- Snoring disrupted by gasping for air
- Morning headaches
- High blood pressure
- Feeling like you’re not getting a good night’s rest (restorative sleep)
- Acid reflux
- Bruxism (Teeth grinding)
If you or your partner notice any signs, please give our office a call 334-271-9916 and we can help!
What Does Sleep Apnea Have To Do With A Dentist?
At first glance, you wouldn’t think dentistry and sleep apnea connect. However, oral appliance therapy can help individuals with a specific form of the condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSD). This specific disorder can lead to asphyxiation during sleep due to an individual’s airways being blocked by structures such as a receding jaw, and oversized tongue or tonsils.
Oral appliance therapy, however, helps move the jaw forward to maintain an open airway using a specially made mouth guard. Since this appliance can affect your teeth and jaw, we are uniquely qualified to custom-fit you with one.