Do you snore badly? Do you wake up feeling like you hadn’t slept? That could be due to sleep apnea, a serious condition that can lead to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and more. Dr. Patel and the staff at Infinite Smiles have the expertise to help diagnose and treat your sleep apnea. With our help, you can soon go back to receiving the rest you need.
What is sleep apnea?
Simply, sleep apnea is a disorder that prevents you from breathing during sleep. This disrupts your natural sleep cycle, preventing you from receiving a good night’s rest.
The average sleep apnea sufferer can wake up as many as 200 times throughout the night. This is significantly more than even the most restless sleeper.
There are two common forms of sleep apnea, obstructive and central. A third, complex sleep apnea or treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, can also occur.
Obstructive sleep apnea
Your airway becomes blocked when muscles in the back of your throat relax.
Central sleep apnea
During sleep, your brain fails to transmit signals to your breathing muscles.
Complex sleep apnea
A combination of both obstructive and cental sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea can affect men and women of any age. However, certain factors increase your risk for developing sleep apnea.
Chronic nasal congestion
Larger neck circumference
Opioid pain medications
Swollen tonsils or adenoids
More common in older men
Use of alcohol or sedatives
Sleep apnea symptoms can range from inconvenient to alarming. Because complications from sleep apnea can be life-threatening, it is important to monitor and manage your symptoms appropriately. Left untreated, the following complications can occur:
The most common symptom of sleep apnea is chronic loud snoring . However, daytime fatigue, weight gain and irritability may also indicate you are suffering from sleep apnea.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, including those listed above, we can help.
Our dentists can help
Sleep apnea is very disruptive. Some days, it may seem like it will never get better. Fortunately, the dentists at Infinite Smiles can help! We provide the solutions you need for healthier sleep starting with these steps:
Step 1. Comprehensive consultation
We will talk with you to determine which of your symptoms are related to your sleep apnea.
Step 2. At-home sleep test
To diagnose the severity of your condition, we will send you home with a monitor to track your sleep overnight. Testing in the comfort of your home, rather than a hospital-style sleep clinic, can more accurately determine your sleep habits.
Step 3. Sleep analysis
The test monitors your pulse, oxygen saturation, average breaths per minute, number of apneas and other symptoms you experience overnight.
Step 4. Review results
After your test, Dr. Patel will send your results to a certified sleep physician for analysis. We will go over the results with you and provide you with the proper care for your sleep apnea.
Step 5. Treatment
Most cases of mild to moderate sleep apnea can be treated with a snore guard. However, severe sleep apnea must be treated with the proper CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine.
For most sleep apnea, Dr. Patel designs a comfortable, custom-fit sleep apnea appliance for you to wear while you sleep. This appliance shifts your jaw just slightly to help your airway stay open.
Our oral appliances, also called digital snore guards, more accurately fit your mouth than traditional guards. We use a 3-D scan of your mouth to design a guard that fits you perfectly, ensuring sound, comfortable sleep for you and your partner.
If you are ready to sleep better, call us today at 740.881.2600 or book your appointment online. If you have any questions regarding sleep apnea or sleep apnea treatment, we are always happy to help.