Sleep apnea affects millions of US adults. It occurs when patients stop breathing for ten or more seconds at a time during sleep. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or think you may be suffering from this common sleep disorder, don’t put off seeking care from a sleep doctor or dentist. Without treatment, patients who suffer from sleep apnea experience elevated blood pressure, heart disease, or severe exhaustion. Keep reading to find out more about sleep dentistry.
Do You Have Sleep Apnea?
If you’re not sure you have sleep apnea, the first step is to determine your risk for this sleep disorder. You can start by taking our quiz. You can also familiarize yourself with some of the common warning signs of sleep apnea, including:
- Loud, chronic snoring
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Difficulty concentrating or memory loss
- Dry mouth or hoarse voice upon waking
- Frequent morning headaches
- Elevated blood pressure
Need an Alternative to CPAP Therapy?
Patients who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea are often prescribed treatment with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) systems. Unfortunately, numerous patients find themselves unable to adjust to CPAP therapy. If you haven’t adjusted to your CPAP system within the first two weeks of treatment, you may be CPAP intolerant. If so, it’s time to seek out an effective alternative from the dentist and team at Arlington Dental Associates. Oral appliance therapy opens the airway using the same method that keeps the airway clear during mouth to mouth. When you tilt the head backward and lift the jaw during CPR, it places pressure on the throat muscles and keeps the airway clear. Oral appliance therapy using an occlusal splint shifts the jaw forward during sleep keeping the airway open. For many patients, oral appliances are an effective alternative to CPAP therapy. Other patients are effectively treated by a combined CPAP and oral appliance therapy. Combining the two treatments, patients are often able to adjust to their CPAP system because they only need to wear a nasal air mask and use lower, more comfortable settings.
Meet Arlington Heights Sleep Dentist Dr. Zulawinski
Meet Dr. Zzz, also known as Dr. Zulawinski your Arlington Heights Sleep Dentist! Our dentist and team have advanced training and years of experience helping patients achieve improved quality and quantity of sleep through oral appliance therapy and combined CPAP and oral appliance treatment. If you’ve recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea or you’re experiencing some of the warning signs of this sleep disorder, call our office to schedule a consultation appointment. We’ll evaluate your risk for sleep apnea, and help you determine whether or not you should proceed with treatment.