Sleep apnea can be a serious condition, but did you know it can also be treated and managed easily? The team at Dater Dentistry, serving the Rockford area of Michigan, can offer solutions that will help you manage sleep apnea. Schedule a consultation online or over the phone today to learn more about the services Dater Dentistry offers.
Sleep apnea is a condition in which breathing starts and stops periodically during sleep. There are three types of sleep apnea:
Patients with sleep apnea are often unaware of their stopping and starting breathing during sleep because it isn’t severe enough to wake them up.
The most common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
If you have been experiencing these symptoms and think you may have sleep apnea, the team at Dater Dentistry ensures you get the care plan in place that you need.
Sleep apnea can lead to serious conditions such as high blood pressure, heart problems, type 2 diabetes, liver problems, stroke, depression, and increased fatigue — which can lead to car accidents or other problems.
There are certain people who are more likely to have sleep apnea than others. Men are more at risk than women, as are African-American and Latino men.
Those who are overweight, over 40 years of age, have large tonsils, or have a nasal obstruction from allergies, sinuses, or a deviated septum, are also more at risk for sleep apnea.
There are certain oral appliances that can now be used to treat sleep apnea. These are often the first step in treatment plans at Dater Dentistry.
These oral appliances are similar to mouth guards, and aim to hold your lower jaw forward to keep your airway open. This also prevents the tongue from blocking your airway.
These are alternatives, or additions, to machines that regulate breathing, such as the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine.
To learn about how the team at Dater Dentistry can help with sleep apnea, schedule a consultation today.