What is obstructive sleep apnea?
- Loud snoring.
- Grinding or clenching teeth.
- Waking up gasping for air.
These are all symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, a potentially serious disorder in which your breathing stops repeatedly while you sleep.
These breathing stops are called “apneas.” Lasting anywhere from 10 to 30 seconds at a time, apneas can occur hundreds of times each night, causing excessive daytime sleepiness and affecting mental alertness, mood, memory, productivity and relationships. Sleep apnea can also be a contributing factor in many serious health issues, including high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, diabetes, depression and anxiety.
If you or a loved one might be suffering from sleep apnea, Dreamhaven Dental Sleep Medicine can help. Dr. Clint Roberts and the Dreamhaven team will assess your sleep habits and symptoms, and get you on the path to a better night’s sleep.
Dental Appliance Therapy – Sleep Apnea and Snoring Treatment
If you’ve been through a sleep study and know CPAP therapy isn’t right for you, oral appliance therapy may be just the sleep apnea treatment you’re looking for. It’s comfortable, easy to wear, and non-invasive. In fact, most patients find that it only takes a few nights to become accustomed to wearing the custom-fitted appliance, and results are immediate.
At Dreamhaven Dental Sleep Medicine, we start by screening patients for sleep apnea, and when needed, refer them to visit a sleep center for an overnight sleep study. Once diagnosed, we’ll begin sleep apnea treatment which includes:
- Selecting an oral appliance
- Monitoring your treatment progress
- Making appliance adjustments
Learn more about how our dental appliances work by clicking here or contact us with any questions you may have about sleep disorders including snoring treatment and sleep apnea treatment.