Sleep Apnea Treatment Helps You Rest Easy
The increase in awareness of sleep apnea has led our own Elements Dental to become an expert in treating the condition. The majority of people who snore have sleep apnea, although most don’t know it. This is dangerous because when undiagnosed, sleep apnea can lead to cardiovascular issues such as high blood pressure, heart attacks, stroke, or even obesity and depression.
People who suffer from sleep apnea stop breathing for several seconds at a time throughout the night, disrupting their sleep and affecting the supply of oxygen to the blood. Treatment typically includes behavior therapy for mild cases, while more serious cases may require an oral appliance to keep the airway open or even an air pump (called a CPAP) to pump air into the throat.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea can lead to serious medical problems.
If you think you may have sleep apnea, please take a mintue to complete our online questionnaire. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and cannot tolerate the CPAP, our office can help.
Improperly treated obstructive sleep apnea can increase the risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes and other serious illnesses. Choosing a sleep-disorders dentist who is qualified to work with your physician is essential to your health or the health of a loved one.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious medical problem that has been associated with cardiac problems, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, ED, gastro-esophageal reflux disease, and numerous other medical problems. Neither snoring nor sleep apnea should be taken lightly, as your health is at stake. Recent research is beginning to explore the complex interrelationships between sleep apnea and these other medical problems. Management by a dentist should always involve interaction with your family physician, cardiologist, pulmonologist and/or endocrinologist.
The dentist you choose to treat your problem with sleep disordered breathing must be properly educated and with adequate experience. Legally, any dentist can treat snoring and/or sleep apnea with an oral appliance, however, that does not mean that every dentist has the necessary experience and training to provide proper therapy. Because no special qualifications are required it is your responsibility to choose your dentist wisely. A qualified sleep-disorders dentist should have:
- Appropriate knowledge of sleep medicine
- Adequate training in oral appliance therapy
- Experience with many different appliance types
- Solid relationships with local sleep labs and sleep physicians
- Current knowledge of emerging trends
- Ability to derive maximum insurance benefits for you
- A team approach with other professionals
- A proven follow-up system to ensure healthy results long-term
- In-depth knowledge of oral appliance research
Contact us for more information on Sleep Apnea or to schedule a consultation.