There are an estimated 22 million Americans living with sleep apnea and over 80% of those with moderate to severe cases of the disorder that are still undiagnosed. Sleep apnea is a serious condition that occurs when breathing stops or is interrupted during sleep. Patients often wake up multiple times during the night, some as many as 30 times an hour.
This loss of adequate sleep can leave the body and mind disoriented, putting health and safety at risk. It also puts patients at higher risk of other diseases and disorders, such as depression, heart and liver complications, stroke, or high blood pressure. If you suffer from sleep apnea or suspect you might, it is important to seek medical treatment immediately.
Luckily, Smiles Family Dental can provide access to solutions that allow you to sleep peacefully every night, giving you more control over your life and your health. For more information, make an appointment at one of our three convenient locations in DFW.
When most people sleep, our airways allow us to get sufficient oxygen. For people suffering from sleep apnea, pockets of tissue collapse during sleep and block these airways, leading to insufficient breathing. Sleep apnea is extremely common, with one of every five adults in the United States having at least a mild case of the disorder.
Sleep apnea is often marked by snoring, a sign that a person isn’t getting a clear flow of oxygen while they sleep.
Often this inability to take in oxygen will wake people with sleep apnea a handful of times per hour, resulting in poor sleep quality. Sleep apnea can lead to minor complications, like low energy, as well as major ones such as increased risk of heart attack and stroke due to the insufficient oxygen reaching the major organs of the body.
Sleep apnea is diagnosed through a sleep study. You fall asleep hooked up to a machine that measures oxygen intake, and the results tell you whether you have sleep apnea and, if so, to what degree it’s affecting your breathing while you sleep.
Sleep apnea is a serious condition and should not go untreated. When sufficient oxygen doesn’t reach the heart and brain, the risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks, heart disease, and strokes are increased.
Sleep apnea is treated with a specialized machine called a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, which keeps your airway open with a stream of continuous pressure. The machine is a mask that fits to either your nose or your whole face and connects to a box with a tube. Smiles Family Dental has the ability to provide some of the latest technology to treat your sleep apnea, including:
Many sufferers of sleep apnea postpone treatment due to a reluctance to traditional options. With modern dentistry, we are now able to offer a more convenient and comfortable alternative at our office, SomnoDent™ sleep apnea oral appliances.
This solution is a custom-fitted dental device designed to move your lower jaw forward to prevent the collapse of the airway that occurs during sleep apnea and causes snoring or disrupts the patient’s sleep. As the device only fits in the mouth, without the use of machinery or additional devices, it is an ideal alternative for patients who experience CPAP intolerance or simply want a more comfortable option.
If you or a loved one is suffering from sleep apnea, contact Smiles Family Dental to schedule treatment at one of our 3 convenient locations in the DFW area.