The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. Loud snoring is usually the first sign of obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by an excess of soft tissues in the back of your throat which prevent you from maintaining the proper airflow while you sleep. This occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep, often dozens of times per hour. Patients with obstructive sleep apnea experience poor sleep quality, among other problems. Many patients are unaware that their dentist can help resolve their sleep apnea.
Dr. Elise Brace is your local dentist in Cary, NC. She has helped many patients treat their sleep apnea symptoms and get back to achieving a good night’s sleep.
Sleep Apnea Treatment in Cary, NC
Dr. Brace is happy to provide a sleep apnea consultation for any patients concerned that they are exhibiting symptoms of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can be hard to identify because most symptoms occur while you’re asleep. However, there are a few signs you can watch for while you’re awake or you can have a friend or a loved look out for certain signs while you’re sleeping. Not sure if you suffer from sleep apnea? Here are a few symptoms:
- Loud snoring
- Waking with a choking or gasping feeling
- Sore or dry throat upon waking
- Fatigue during the day
- Morning headaches
- Forgetfulness and mood changes
If any of these sounds like you, call Kildaire Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. We’ll bring you in for a consultation and get you started on the path to relief.
How is sleep apnea diagnosed?
Sleep apnea is usually diagnosed through a sleep study. During the sleep study, your sleeping patterns and breathing will be analyzed. If you have obstructive sleep apnea, we can treat you with oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy involves a custom appliance that repositions your jaw while you sleep. The appliance prevents your soft tissue from collapsing throughout the night and is more comfortable than being hooked up to a CPAP machine.
CPAP Alternatives for Sleep Apnea
While CPAP is thought of as the gold standard for sleep apnea treatment, we’ve found that many of our patients can’t stand to have the device on their face while they sleep at night. They end up removing it or not wearing it at all, which means their symptoms can’t improve.
We offer an alternative solution for sleep apnea. If you have moderate to severe sleep apnea and CPAP hasn’t worked for you, we can fit you with a plastic mouthpiece to wear at night. This sleep apnea appliance positions your jaw in a way that keeps you airway open and allows air to pass through easily, alleviating your symptoms and letting you get a good night’s sleep.
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Do you suffer from moderate to severe sleep apnea? Have you tried a CPAP without success? If this sounds like you, contact the Kildaire Family Dental team today. We can fit you with a mouthpiece that can help alleviate your sleep apnea without the annoyance of wearing a CPAP at night.