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Do you have sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is a serious medical disorder in which breathing repeatedly starts and stops throughout the night, creating a myriad of health problems along the way. However, sleep apnea is treatable, and the dental experts at PearlFection Dentistry, located in Frederick and Urbana, MD, can help you! Read on to learn more.
About Sleep Apnea
In obstructive sleep apnea, the upper airway becomes blocked repeatedly during sleep, causing a stoppage or reduction in airflow. Each pause in breathing can last for a few seconds to a few minutes and may occur up to 30 times or more during sleep.
Causes of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea affects people of all ages, even children. Obesity is one of the most common causes of sleep apnea along with other factors including consuming alcohol, having certain illnesses, and taking medications. Other risk factors for sleep apnea include being over age 40 as well as having a family history of sleep apnea and nasal obstruction.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Common symptoms of sleep apnea include pauses in breathing, loud snoring, gasping sounds, insomnia, daytime sleepiness, fatigue, morning headaches. People with sleep apnea may also experience irritability, memory loss, decreased sexual desire, and nocturia (waking during the night to go to the bathroom).
Sleep Apnea Treatments
For a mild case of sleep apnea, your dentist may recommend lifestyle changes, such as losing weight or avoiding alcohol. Sleep apnea is also treated with oral appliance therapy. This oral appliance repositions the jaw during sleep, improving airflow and reducing your symptoms, helping to give you a good night's rest. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to serious complications such as glaucoma, diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and cognitive disorders.
You can stop sleep apnea today. Call PearlFection Dentistry at (301) 831-8303 for the Urbana office, and (301) 663-5550 for the Frederick location. Effective treatment of sleep apnea improves quality of life and improves psychological and physical health. You will experience exemplary service and world-class care thanks to our general, cosmetic and restorative dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, and Dr. Nikta Pashai, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist Dr. Amos Chi, oral surgeon Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist Dr. Pratik Patel and orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani. Serving the Hagerstown and Germantown, MD, areas, and also conveniently located only 45 minutes away from Washington DC and Baltimore.
Don’t let another night of poor sleep affect your quality of life.
Dealing with chronic and loud snoring is one of the main complaints among partners. If you or a loved one’s snoring is keeping everyone up at night, it’s important that you turn to a sleep specialist to find out if sleep apnea could be the reason for your snoring. Even if sleep apnea isn’t the cause, snoring can disrupt sleep and lead to daytime fatigue and a host of potentially serious and chronic health problems such as heart attacks, high blood pressure and stroke.
So, how can our Urbana, MD, dental team help? While it might seem rather odd to go to a dentist to treat your sleep apnea or snoring symptoms it’s actually not as odd as you might think. After all, there is a connection between your symptoms and your mouth. For example, in those with obstructive sleep apnea (the most common type of sleep apnea) the tissues in the back of the throat, or the tongue itself, end up blocking the airways throughout the night, affecting how much oxygen your brain and body are getting each and every night.
To prevent these obstructions from happening, our dental team will provide you with an oral appliance. Many people with sleep apnea will receive CPAP therapy to treat their condition. This is a standard treatment option, but it’s not the only treatment option. In fact, if your condition is mild you may not even need to wear the CPAP mask at all. You could get the treatment and results you need with our simple oral appliance. Instead of putting a mask over your nose and mouth each night you will pop this custom-made dental device over your upper and lower teeth.
An oral appliance looks similar to a mouthguard; however, it can work in one of two ways: It can either reposition the jaws forward to prevent the tissue in the back of the throat from collapsing at night or it can suppress the tongue so the tongue doesn’t block the airways while you sleep. This treatment has helped many patients get better quality sleep while eliminating snoring and sleep apnea symptoms.
Pearlfection Dentistry in Urbana, MD, is ready to help you get the quality sleep you finally deserve. If you are dealing with sleep apnea or chronic snoring and are ready to find out if oral appliance therapy is right for you, give our office a call today!