Sleep Apnea & Snoring
- Do you snore?
- Do you wake up tired in the morning?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Are you overweight?
- Are you approaching or going through menopause?
- Do you suffer from gastroesophageal reflux?
- Do you have headaches?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you could be one of 20 million people in North America suffering from a life-threatening condition called Sleep Disordered Breathing.
Sleep Disordered Breathing results from an obstruction in the nasal passages or oral airway during sleep.
Current treatment plans are invasive, painful, costly, and generally not successful. One-hundred percent of patients complaining of a sleep breathing problem are first placed on CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure). It is considered the "gold standard" but sadly, it doesn't work for everyone. Physical side effects include sinus infections, rhinitis, rawness in the throat and bloating of the stomach. Social side effects include patient embarrassment and his bed partner's lack of acceptance of the device. More than half of those who have been prescribed CPAP abandon it after the first 3 months. More than half of those still using the CPAP abandon it soon after.
Another option is surgery. The American Academy of Sleep Disorders does not deem any surgical procedures efficacious. (Kind estimates say surgery is 30% to 50% effective.) The possibility of re-growth of tissue or lasting pain as a result of the surgical procedure is very great.
The good news is that your dentist can help.
Sleep Disorders Dentistry is the answer to your sleeping problem-a revolutionary dental field concentrating on the reduction of patients' respiratory distress through a painless airway examination and oral appliance therapy.
Screening for OSA is convenient. In this section, you will discover how you can regain your energy and your health. Using this information, find out what treatments are available and what to expect. Studies show that dental treatment of sleep disordered breathing has an 81% success rate.
Those suffering from Sleep Disordered Breathing exhibit symptoms that necessitate immediate treatment. Your dentist is your first line of defense. Dental treatment options successfully treat Sleep Disordered Breathing.
Snoring and SDB are not the same.
95% of those suffering from Sleep Disordered Breathing do not know they have it.
Sleep Disordered Breathing occurs in both Children and Adults. There are several types of SDB.
Dentists play an important role in helping patients find treatment for this group of disorders. SDB affects millions of people, some estimates put the number at one-third of the US population! Find out if you have Sleep Disordered Breathing.
In this section you can find out what Sleep Disordered Breathing is, whether you have SDB, when you should seek treatment and how your dentist can treat SDB.
Not only does Sleep Disordered Breathing cause you to sleep fitfully, SDB also triggers complex chemical interactions within your body. Lack of sleep and chemical imbalances brought on by SDB are associated with the following health risks:
- High Blood Pressure
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Heart Attack
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Vascular Headaches
Children with apnea do not always show the same symptoms as adults. For example, a child may sleep with her head hanging off the bed, or in many different positions throughout the night. When apnea is left untreated in children, the following may result:
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity
- Physical deformity of the face and mouth
- Heart problems
- Mental disability
- Stunted growth
Treatment options depend on both the degree of severity and the cause of your Sleep Disordered Breathing problem. Following identification of the problem and subsequent diagnosis, you will consult with your Dentist to determine the best treatment to regain your health.