Do you or your partner snore, or wake up feeling tired?
You may want to evaluate your risk of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is categorized as a severe sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is disrupted during sleep. Patients with sleep apnea repeatedly stop breathing throughout their sleep cycle. Pauses in breath can lead to a lack of oxygen to the major organs in the body.
The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when there is a blockage in the airway, usually caused by collapsed soft tissue in the back of the throat.
Am I At Risk For Sleep Apnea?
Although anyone can develop sleep apnea, certain types of patients are at a higher risk of developing it. Our dental care team at Welinsky Dental Care can access your risk for sleep apnea and work with you to coordinate the care you need.
- Large neck circumference
- Being overweight
- A family history of sleep apnea
- High blood pressure
If sleep apnea is left untreated, it can increase the risk of depression, stroke, high blood pressure, heart attack, and headaches. Finding the most appropriate treatment is key to restoring a better quality of life. Our team may work in coordination with a sleep specialist to coordinate the testing and care you may need.
How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?
Tragically, sleep apnea is treated using a CPAP machine. However, some patients are intolerant to the CPAP machine or just seek alternative methods for treatment.
Oral sleep appliance therapy is an effective alternative to the CPAP machine. Your dentist will work in coordination with a specialist to determine if oral sleep appliance therapy is right for your needs. This form of treatment is similar to a sports mouthguard.
An oral sleep appliance is designed with your measurements and needs in mind to ensure a custom fit. Since it is designed using your exact measurements, an oral sleep appliance can help prevent the soft tissue in the back of the throat from collapsing, allowing for you to breathe normally during sleep.
Treating sleep apnea is crucial to restoring your quality of life and reducing your risk of serious health concerns. To schedule a consultation with our team at Welisnsky Dental Care, call (410) 692-8453 or request an appointment online.