Dental Sleep Apnea Treatments
You may be experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea and not even realize it! If you are feeling fatigued after a full night of sleep, having headaches in the morning, are extra irritable, or even having difficulty staying asleep, or if your spouse says you snore, you may have sleep apnea.
Our experienced dentist, Kalil Abide, D.D.S., and his expert team specialize in dental sleep apnea treatment. Dr. Abide has received special training from the Dawson Center for Advanced Dentistry in Florida. Harmony Dental is also able to bill medical insurance for this service.
Dr. Abide works hand and hand with patients in the sleep clinic. The Harmony Dental team can assist you in determining if your symptoms are a result of sleep apnea and discuss best treatments for sleep apnea. Taking into consideration your personal needs, we can explore the latest treatments for sleep apnea, while also discussing the tried and true sleep apnea treatments.
Most people don’t realize that adjusting the position of your jaw while you sleep can greatly correct the effects of sleep apnea. Because it’s related to your jaw and teeth, dentists offer a non-machine solution.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is characterized by a reduction or pause of breathing when sleeping. There are two general types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a common condition and occurs when the upper airway becomes blocked during sleep. This occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat relax, which results in the airway narrowing or closing when breathing in. The brain senses the inability to breathe and briefly awakens the body from sleep in order to reopen the airway. This awakening is usually so brief that it isn’t remembered. The results could be snorting, choking or gasping and can repeat itself five to 30 times or more each hour. This can go on all night, impairing the ability to reach deep, restful phases of sleep.
Obstructive sleep apnea can occur often and repeatedly, which results in reducing or completely stopping airflow. Central sleep apnea is defined by the fact that the brain does not send the signals needed to breathe. Complex sleep apnea syndrome, also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, occurs when someone has both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.
Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea
The signs and symptoms of obstructive and central sleep apneas can overlap, which may make it difficult to diagnose sleep apnea type. The most common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea (for both obstructive and central) includes:
- Loud snoring
- Episodes in which breathing stops during sleep (usually observed by another person)
- Gasping for air during sleep
- Awakening with a dry mouth
- Morning headache
- Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)
- Excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia)
- Difficulty paying attention while awake
- Memory changes
- High blood pressure
- Heart failure
- Heart attack