Phoenix Sleep Apnea Therapy
Are you struggling to keep your eyes open during the day? Keeping your bed partner awake with loud, chronic snoring? Waking with dry mouth or headaches? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. This serious sleep disorder can cause a number of health concerns, and without treatment, sleep apnea can impact every aspect of your day to day life. At Anderson Dental in Phoenix, we work with patients to get an accurate diagnosis and plan for effective treatment. If you want to learn more about sleep apnea and the therapies available to you, call our Phoenix dentist and dentistry team today. We'll be happy to answer your questions or schedule an appointment for you to visit our team.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes patients to stop breathing for ten or more seconds at a time during sleep. There are two types of sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea is the rarer of the two forms. It occurs when the brain fails to trigger the body to breath in and out during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is the more common form, and it occurs when the airway is physically obstructed during sleep. Central sleep apnea needs to be treated with advanced services performed by a sleep doctor and other specialists. Our team offers treatment for those patients suffering from the more common obstructive sleep apnea.
Am I at Risk for Sleep Apnea?
Any patient at any age can suffer from sleep apnea, but some of the factors that increase your risk for this disorder include:
- Being male
- Being over the age of 50
- Having a neck circumference greater than 16 inches
- Having a BMI greater than 35 kg/m2
How Will I Know I Have Sleep Apnea?
In order to determine whether or not you are suffering from sleep apnea, you will need to complete a sleep study. Some of the warning signs of sleep apnea that indicate a need for this sleep test include:
- Loud, chronic snoring
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Waking gasping or wheezing
- Chronic morning headaches
- Waking with dry mouth or hoarse voice
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory loss or difficulty recalling details
- Unexplained changes in mood or behavior
Why Should I Visit a Dentist for Sleep Apnea Therapy?
Many patients find it strange that dentists would offer sleep apnea therapy, but actually, this makes perfect sense. Dentists have advanced training in the way that the oral and facial structures interact. When patients are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, a skilled dental practitioner can offer effective therapy to open the airway at night. The Anderson Dental team offers custom crafted oral appliances to keep the airway clear during sleep. Oral appliances are crafted to shift the jaw forward. This shift places pressure on the throat muscles to ensure the airway remains open and unobstructed through the night. For some patients, combining a custom oral appliance with the more traditional CPAP system improves the efficacy of treatments, ensuring patients sleep soundly and breathe deeply all night.