Sleep Apnea Treatment
Are you tired all the time? Do you have a hard time getting a full night’s rest, or do you experience chronic snoring? You may be suffering from a condition called sleep apnea. At Mint 32 Dentistry in Alpharetta, GA, Dr. Morton can help you get the sleep you and your family need with different sleep apnea treatment and diagnosis.
What is sleep apnea?
For sleep apnea patients, once they've been diagnosed with sleep apnea, we would interact with their physician, the sleep physician who diagnosed that. Then we would help them look at that options as to potential treatment choices. Some of them will choose to utilize a CPAP or some sort of pressurized device that they sleep with. Others cannot tolerate that for a number of different reasons, and so in order to get the treatment we would look at some different dental appliances that will help them maintain health and breath properly during their sleep.
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that causes a person to stop breathing during sleep. In some cases, you may stop breathing hundreds of times in one sleep cycle. If you think you may have sleep apnea, contact our office for a consultation. Sleep apnea may be caused by genetics, poor posture, allergies, enlarged tonsils, and other issues. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea. This is caused by airways in the throat and mouth collapsing during sleep. If you have obstructive sleep apnea you or your partner may notice:
If left untreated, sleep apnea increases risks of:
Can Dr. Morton diagnose my sleep apnea?
Mint 32 Dentistry in Alpharetta, GA offers two sleep apnea treatment options:
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.