What Is Dental Sleep Medicine?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common and dangerous condition if left untreated. OSA occurs during sleep as the tissues that support your airway collapse. This interrupts your breathing, and your body struggles to wake you up to restore the unobstructed flow of oxygen. For some patients, these pauses can occur hundreds of times a night.
Sleep apnea is characterized by snoring, and choking or gasping sounds during sleep, Patients with sleep apnea often experience morning headaches, fatigue during the day, difficulty concentrating, and irritability.
Dental Sleep Medicine
Researchers continually look for new ways to treat this life-threatening disorder, which has resulted in new technology in the field of Dental Sleep Medicine.
In the past, the first line of treatment for patients with sleep apnea was a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) mask. However, compliance was a problem because many patients find the CPAP mask uncomfortable to wear.
Today there’s an FDA-approved treatment that works well for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea. A customized oral appliance is designed to be worn while you sleep. It fits over your upper and lower teeth and positions your jaw slightly forward, clearing your airway so you can breathe comfortably.
Seeking Treatment for Sleep Apnea
Estimates indicate that as many as 22 million people in the US have sleep apnea, but only 20% of these cases are diagnosed. Without treatment, sleep apnea can create serious health problems including high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, and stroke.
If you or your partner snore excessively or you feel fatigued during the day, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. The first step is to call Oak Family Dental to arrange an appointment. Our dentist in Metairie will be happy to recommend a simple at-home sleep study test that monitors your breathing and heart rate to check the severity of the problem. Based on the results, we will make recommendations for treatment that will help you get a good night’s sleep again.
So if you're interested in sleep apnea treatment in Metaitie, LA, please contact our office today!