Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder in which regular breathing is interrupted during sleep. There are two kinds of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea, the more common type, happens when the airflow is blocked during sleep, often because the soft tissue at the back of the throat collapses. Central sleep apnea occurs because of a problem with how the brain signals the breathing muscles; the brain fails to signal your muscles to breathe. If left untreated, sleep apnea can cause the following health problems:
- High blood pressure
- Heart failure
- ADHD symptoms worsening
The study of how quality sleep impacts overall health and cognition is rapidly advancing. Poor sleep impacts cardiovascular health, cognitive health, can lead to strokes, attention deficits, and contributes to driving impairments worse than alcohol when we are tired behind the wheel! This is often related to sleep apnea, and we at Argyle Family Dental are here to help you resolve these issues. Working closely with a sleep medicine physicians, we can determine if an oral sleep appliance will help improve the quality of your sleep. The gold standard of treatment is a CPAP, but many patients of ours find they don’t use it because a CPAP can be hard to tolerate. We have found oral appliances to be very beneficial in these cases, since a CPAP does not work well when it is stuffed under your bed! Call us for a sleep apnea consult today.
- Consultations related to sleep apnea – know everything you need before you get started
- In-home sleep study eliminates testing in a sleep center
- Sleep apnea screening
- Sleep apnea devices (No more CPAP!)
For patients with minor to moderately severe obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Sean Kennelly may recommend sleep apnea devices, which are custom made by our dentist. The oral device most commonly used to treat sleep apnea in Centennial, Colorado, is the mandibular advancement device (MAD). An impression will be made of your teeth so a device will be made that fits your mouth comfortably. Oral devices shift the jaw forward and support it to prevent it and the tongue from slipping back and collapsing the airway.
To discover whether sleep apnea treatment is right for you and to schedule an appointment with our dentist, we welcome you to contact our dental office today!