Sleep apnea is a condition that affects your nightly breathing. When a patient suffers from sleep apnea, they experience pauses in their breathing throughout their sleep. These pauses are known as “apneas.” A patient can have 5 to 100 apneas a night!
You may have sleep apnea if you suffer from the following symptoms:
- Loud, frequent snoring
- Daytime fatigue
- Memory loss
At Arrowhead Foothills Dentistry, we can help diagnose and treat your sleep condition through sleep apnea screening. This screening involves answering a detailed questionnaire that will help your dentist determine if you suffer from sleep apnea. Once we’ve diagnosed you with sleep apnea, we can take one of two courses of action.
Your dentist may recommend an oral appliance. An oral appliance is comparable to a mouth guard. It is to be worn while you sleep to help open your airways. Your dentist will specifically fit you for your oral appliance by taking 3D images and measurements of your mouth. This ensures that you will get the best fit possible, reducing the chances of the appliance slipping and sliding in your mouth.
If your sleep apnea is more severe, your dentist may refer you out to a sleep apnea specialist. A specialist may perform more detailed tests and sleep studies to better treat your condition. They may also recommend a CPAP machine, which can help regulate your breathing while you sleep.
We want you to get the best sleep possible. No longer should you live with grogginess or tiredness. It’s time to reclaim your life. To learn more about our sleep apnea treatment, give us a call at our office. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to helping you get your best night’s sleep with our sleep apnea treatments! Contact us today!