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Are you constantly tired? Having trouble concentrating? Waking up short of breath? These are just a few symptoms of sleep apnea, and it can be serious to your overall health. Sleep apnea can affect every aspect of your day as well as cause serious side effects. Don’t put off getting treated for sleep apnea. Finally get a good night of sleep and learn how to put your symptoms to rest.
Frequently Asked Questions
Constantly having your sleep interrupted by breaks in your breathing throughout the entire night is known as obstructive sleep apnea. These breaks of breathing usually last a minimum of ten seconds. This causes you to wake up gasping for air. This is caused by closed airways when your throat muscles aren’t working properly while you sleep. If you have central sleep apnea, it is caused by the brain not controlling your breathing the right way during sleep. Whether you deal with obstructive sleep apnea or central sleep apnea, both result in serious side effects that can affect your overall health. Health issues can include low blood oxygen levels, heart disease, memory problems, mood swings and hypertension. This poor sleep quality also puts you at risk of falling asleep while driving. Getting help with sleep apnea is essential to your health and should not be delayed.
Believe it or not, the number has reached 18 million American men and women. Although the total counts aren’t clear at every age, obstructive sleep apnea can affect any age including children.
Many factors can contribute to sleep apnea including having small airways, a small jaw, a large neck size, large overbite, a recessed chin or being overweight. Other factors may include age (40 or older), genetics, a habit of smoking or consuming alcohol or ethnicity. An increase of sleep apnea is seen in ethnicities including African-Americans, Pacific-Islanders and Hispanics.
There are many symptoms of sleep apnea and most of those stem from poor quality of sleep. Symptoms can include loud snoring, constant drowsiness, moodiness, memory loss, high blood pressure, depression and congestive heart failure. Sleep apnea that is left untreated can lead to serious symptoms.
A common treatment for sleep apnea is the CPAP mask. This mask is worn while you sleep and helps keep the airways open for better breathing and better rest. Another form of treatment is a dental appliance that helps with jaw positions to better open the airways. Visiting your dentist is the first step. After going over your symptoms and finding what is causing your sleep apnea, the best form of treatment can be recommended. Lifestyle changes may be recommended to help with symptoms including losing weight, avoiding alcohol or quitting smoking.
Getting a good night of sleep is essential, so the best way to cope with sleep apnea is finding ways to help you sleep better. Following your doctor’s instructions is key, whether a CPAP mask or other method is recommended for treatment. Getting a proper diagnosis is the best way to start down the road towards a better night of sleep.
Welcome To Pure Smiles!
We strive to make every visit convenient, comfortable and productive. Part of that convenience includes our three locations so you can find an office closest to home. Our kids’ center helps the little ones enjoy their visit and other amenities make it enjoyable for the rest of the family as well. Up-to-date technology, efficient equipment and a team that cares will be available at each visit. We look forward to helping you maintain a healthy smile and reach all of your smile goals!
Our state-of-the-art technologies ensure accuracy, efficiency and comfort. Our dental equipment is safe, effective and well-maintained. Check out the dental technologies we utilize in our office, listed below.
- 3-D X-Ray Imaging (Cone Beam) – Complete digital images can be taken in just one single scan. 3D X-ray Imaging is convenient and quick, while providing your dentist with detailed imaging for treating your smile.
- Panoramic X-Ray – A panoramic x-ray provides your dentist with 2D imaging of your entire mouth, helping in diagnosis and treatment for implants, orthodontic work and more.
- Cephalometric X-Ray – Most often used for orthodontic treatment, the cephalometric x-ray (ceph x-ray) helps your dentist in planning more accurately for treatment.
- Digital X-Rays – Digital x-rays are immediately available on-screen. This allows your dentist to enhance images to get a better look, share imaging with specialists if needed and easily save the digital files for future reference.
Intra-oral imaging gathers images of the mouth from a pen-like tool. This imaging helps your dentist in diagnosing problems with the teeth and gums.
Computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) have improved the way restorations are designed. Using this technology allows your dentist to create a precise and well-made restoration such as a crown, veneer or dental bridge.
This device is used in root canal therapy. The rotary endodontic handpiece works by cleaning and shaping the canal during the root canal treatment.
The VELscope is used in detecting signs of oral cancer. Oral cancer screening is very effective in diagnosing and treating symptoms early, and this device helps your dentist identify signs of oral cancer that he wouldn’t be able to see otherwise.
Clear aligners are a convenient and more comfortable way of straightening teeth. With removable clear aligners, the results can be seen faster without the hassle of metal brackets and braces.
Soft tissue laser treatment is used in the reshaping or shrinking of gums. Treatments can include eliminating gum disease, treating cold sores and improving a ‘gummy’ smile.
Online scheduling allows you to pick the date and time that works best for you for an upcoming visit. With upcoming slots available to view, you can quickly and conveniently set up your next appointment!
Save time with our tablet check-in. Simply use one of our tablets at the time of your arrival to get checked in for your appointment quickly.
Pay for treatments and visits online. With online payments available, dental treatments can be paid for easily and save you from taking the time to make an in-office payment.
Are There Treatments?
If you are dealing with sleep apnea, you are probably wondering what your treatment options are. Of course, the first step is scheduling a consultation. There are a wide variety of treatments for sleep apnea and your dentist can help you determine which treatment has the best chance of improving your sleep and eliminating your symptoms. This is mostly based on what is obstructing your airways and preventing you from sleeping normally. If you are dealing with sleep apnea symptoms, call Pure Smiles today!
CPAP devices are among the most common treatments for sleep apnea. A CPAP mask (and other similar devices) will open your airways while you sleep, allowing your sleep to be uninterrupted by breathing issues. Oral appliances are growing in recognition for sleep apnea treatment as well and are considered a great first option for treatment.
An oral appliance will adjust your jaw to open your airways while you sleep. The oral appliance will also prohibit the tongue and muscles from getting in the way of the airways as well.
Typically, it will take a few days to adjust to sleeping with an oral appliance or any type of device to treat sleep apnea. Your dentist can help adjust the appliance if necessary to help it fit properly and not inhibit sleep. Once you are able to breathe properly, getting a good night’s sleep shouldn’t be an issue with the help of an appliance or mask.
Many times, your health insurance will cover the cost of treatment. Although you may be visiting a dentist for your sleep apnea treatment, health insurance still will most likely cover treatment in this area. Calling your insurance can help you better understand your options for coverage.
Yes! In fact, several patients are now able to get a full night of rest thanks to successful sleep apnea treatment. Finding the best form of treatment is the first step to success. If you are suffering from sleep apnea, don’t put off getting the care that you need.