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We don’t expect you to be an expert about dentistry, and we’re here to answer any and all of your questions. The more information you have, the better prepared you are to make important decisions when the time comes.
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Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder that finds the sufferer ceasing to breathe multiple times throughout the night. If this condition is left untreated, it can lead to severe health risks like a sudden heart attack, stroke, and daytime impairment.
Additional symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Waking up often
- Daytime sleepiness
- Dental health issues
- Throat issues
While snoring is an important symptom of sleep apnea, if you have this problem, it does not necessarily mean you have the disorder.
Your dentist in Metairie can arrange a sleep study to get a better idea of your sleeping and breathing patterns throughout the night. This, coupled with exam findings and a sleep expert consult, can help make the diagnosis.
Treatment can include anything from a CPAP machine (which some patients can’t tolerate) to a custom appliance that gently opens the airway during sleep.
Schedule Your Consultation for Sleep Apnea in 70001
Your dentist in Metairie wants you to sleep safely and comfortably so you can wake up refreshed and feeling your best.
If you suspect sleep apnea in yourself or a loved one, schedule your consultation today.
We proudly treat individuals and families in all locations, including Metairie, Kenner, New Orleans, St. Rose, and beyond.
Sleep apnea is a condition that means you stop breathing multiple times throughout the night. If this condition is left untreated, it can put you at risk for a sudden heart attack or stroke. Fortunately, your dentist in Metairie offers sleep apnea treatment to help you sleep easily without fear for your health.
Sleep apnea has several causes and risk factors, including narrow airway, obesity, and anatomical anomalies in the throat or mouth. Treatment is geared toward keeping the airway open during sleep, so you lower or eliminate your complication risks and wake up refreshed and ready to start your day.
Symptoms of sleep apnea:
- Daytime fatigue
Some patients rely on a CPAP machine to keep their airway open during sleep, but many people can’t tolerate this machine, which is why your Metairie dentist offers sleep apnea treatment in our dental office.
Our treatment includes a sleep study, oral appliance therapy to open the airway, or even a referral if needed to a medical doctor.
Contact Our Dental Team for Sleep Apnea Treatment in Metairie
If you suspect sleep apnea or have already been diagnosed, we would love to help you sleep comfortably without worry. Reach out to a dental team member today to get started.
When we lay down to sleep, the muscles and soft tissue at the back of the throat relax. This natural movement isn’t a problem for most people, but for the 22 million Americans with sleep apnea, it blocks the airway completely making it impossible to breathe.
This deprives the body of oxygen and forces you to wake up and breathe, which can result in a loud, snorting sound. These episodes can occur hundreds of times a night, which robs you of restful sleep and threatens your overall well-being.
Some symptoms of sleep apnea are:
- Feeling tired when you wake up
- Fatigue during the day
- Difficulty concentrating
- Drowsy driving accidents
Fortunately, if you have mild to moderate sleep apnea in Metairie, your Oak Family Dentist has a solution. After consulting with your primary care doctor and having you complete an at-home sleep study, we may find that a simple FDA-approved oral device is all that’s needed to keep your airway open and allow you to breathe freely.
Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea
We customize the device to move your lower jaw slightly forward when you sleep, which prevents the airway from closing. This little appliance has helped millions who can’t tolerate a CPAP mask get the safe, restful sleep they need.
If you suspect you have sleep apnea, please call us to arrange a consultation so we can help you!