November 19, 2016
If you, or someone you love, is suffering from a condition known as sleep apnea, Dr. Morton can help get your life back on track.
Keep reading to hear more about what Mint 32 Dentistry can do for you, and then be sure to follow up with our team to schedule your sleep apnea consultation in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Uncovering Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea disrupts the lives of so many families in our community each year.This condition is usually triggered by dysfunctions in the muscles of the upper respiratory tract.
Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by an obstruction (more often than not it is the tongue) in the airway that basically starves your brain (and the rest of your body) of much needed oxygen.
While things are working properly, the muscles that exist in your airway will keep it open throughout the night. When things go awry, your tongue will fall out of place and cause trouble by making it difficult to breathe. That is when your troubles begin!
Spotting The Signs Of Sleep Apnea
This condition is nothing to take lightly. Snoring and gasping for breath during the night are two big tell-tale signs of sleep apnea. This can be disruptive for you and for loved ones who are trying to get good sleep.
More than that, personality changes, anxiety, and depression, are other unpleasant side effects of this condition. Sleep apnea sufferers are also at an increased risk of developing high blood pressure and gaining weight. Moreover, they often report problems with memory and concentration.
Sleep apnea sufferers also risk having their sleep-deprived bodies cause problems while they are in the car, at work, in school, or engaged in a recreational activity. Obviously, this is not a workable situation.
Dr. Morton Can Make It Better
We can tell you that this is one situation that usually requires cooperation from a physician. If you have had a sleep study and were diagnosed with sleep apnea, your primary physician will probably make some recommendations in regards to lifestyle changes and treatment.
That is the best starting point. After all, Dr. Morton is a dentist, so he will not attempt to diagnose sleep apnea. What he will do, if you have not yet been officially diagnosed, is order a home sleep study, which will gather data to determine whether you suffer from sleep apnea or another condition. From there, the sleep study data is sent to a specialist who can provide an accurate diagnosis.
If the results reveal you have sleep apnea, Dr. Morton will sit down with you, discuss the findings, and map out a treatment plan to get you back to sleeping soundly through the entire night.Rest assured, Dr. Morton will work closely with you and your sleep doctor to find the best solution for your current needs.
Help Is Available With Dental Devices
If your sleep apnea is in the mild to moderate range, we can usually create a dental device just for you. One way or another, an oral appliance can be crafted to fit your mouth and is designed to adjust your jaw so that your airway stays open while you sleep.
Custom Mouthguards: A mouthguard can be an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. By keeping your mouth slightly open, you will be able to avoid anything from falling into your airway and causing the problematic blockage, as well as the resulting snoring.
Sleep Appliance: This treatment is a step above the normal mouthguard used to treat sleep apnea. If you need this level of treatment, Dr. Morton will sit down and go over all the specifics involved.
Depending on the severity of your condition, these options can be used on their own or in conjunction with a CPAP machine. At Mint 32 Dentistry, we will always help you get the solution you need based on your specific situation.
Time To Wake Up!
We hope you will be inspired by today’s blogpost to take the next step! If sleep apnea is a problem for you or a loved one, contact us today for a consultation with Dr. Morton in our Alpharetta, GA dentist’s office.
We will get you smiling again in no time!