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 sleeping disorder that affects millions of Americans across the country. There are actually two main types of this disorder:
Central Sleep Apnea – An issue with the central nervous function of your brain causes you to stop breathing periodically while you are trying to sleep. This is a problem with the cognitive function of your brain, and it will require a specialist’s approach to treat.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea – While you sleep, an obstruction in your airway will cause you to stop breathing. This can occur multiple times per minute, and will rob you of the restful nights’ sleep that you need. Dr. Morton is able to help you if you are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.
What causes sleep apnea?
While sleep apnea can affect anyone, several factors increase the likelihood of suffering from this disorder.
- Gender – Statistics show that males are more at risk for sleep apnea than females.
- Weight – As with gender, research reveals that people who are overweight or obese are more at risk for developing obstructive sleep apnea than people of a healthy weight.
- Oversized Tonsils or Tongue – The blockage in your throat causing obstructive sleep apnea symptoms is normally something that obstructs the airway. Oversized tonsils or a large tongue are obvious signs that you may be at risk for developing this condition.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
The most obvious symptom of sleep apnea is chronic snoring. This is not occasional snoring that still allows you and your bed partner to sleep. This type of snoring will rob you and your family members of restful sleep. You may also suffer from chronic sore throat, insomnia, and fatigue throughout the day because of the lack of good sleep.
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.
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