Sleep Apnea Treatment in Mobile, AL
Did you know that 1 in 15 patients could have sleep apnea? Yes, it is that prevalent! At Mobile Comprehensive Dentistry, we are proud to offer the residents of Mobile and surrounding areas with sleep apnea treatment and snoring treatment.
What is Dental Sleep Medicine?
Dental sleep medicine is an area of dentistry that focuses on the use of oral appliance therapy to treat sleep-disordered breathing, including snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. Recent years have provided the field of dentistry with the knowledge and technology to treat sleep-disordered breathing. Dentists are the pioneers in advancements in the design of oral sleep appliances and with the high rejection rate or intolerance of the CPAP machine, dentistry has moved to the forefront in providing the most widely accepted treatment for OSA and snoring. Your sleep impacts every aspect of your health and daily life. Sleeping well helps you look, feel and perform your best. But a sleep problem can be harmful to your health and well-being. OSA is one of the most common sleep problems, which can cause a person to stop breathing hundreds of times a night for anywhere from a few seconds to more than a minute.
What are the symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
At Mobile Comprehensive Dentistry, we are able to detect the less evident symptoms of sleep apnea. We may suspect a patient suffers from sleep apnea if the patient complains about any of the following:
- Excessive snoring, choking or gasping during sleep
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Morning headaches
- Mood changes or irritability during the day
- Dry mouth or a sore throat
What are the steps to treatment?
- Treatment begins with a candid conversation with our patient, in conjunction with an exam, about the patient's recent pains or discomforts.
- We will provide a take home sleep test if no recent sleep study has been completed
- Results of the take home test will be read by a sleep physician if no previous diagnosis has been provided
- Impressions will be taken at our office and our highly trained team will make an oral appliance that will be worn while sleeping. The appliance helps to open the airway by holding the lower jaw in a more forward position. If you are familiar with a night guard, the device fits in a similar way. It is designed to prevent airway obstruction, minimize snoring, and allow you to get a healthier, more peaceful night’s sleep.
- Patient comes in for delivery of their oral appliance
- Follow up with the patient and retest for titration or protrusion in order to optimize theraputic outcome
What health problems are associated with OSA if left untreated?
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Chronic acid reflux
Treating OSA is incredibly important to your health. Those who suffer from sleep apnea usually feel that they are not well rested because of the many interruptions in their sleep cycle, which can amount to a degree of sleep deprivation. Please call us today and see how Mobile Comprehensive Dentistry can help you sleep better and safer.