Sleep Apnea and Snoring Relief
Snoring and sleep apnea are not the same condition.
Snoring is simply the sound that occurs when soft tissues in the mouth and throat vibrate as a person breathes.
Sleep apnea involves complete airway blockage for periods of 10 seconds or longer repeatedly during a sleep session. While snoring is not dangerous, sleep apnea increases a person’s risk for stroke, heart attack, daytime fatigue, irritability, and other issues.
How we can help: Sleep apnea should be diagnosed by a sleep test. Our office can initiate a home or in lab sleep test for you.
Home sleep tests are very easy and convenient. You simply receive the kit in the mail and return it via the mail. Our office receives your results from a board certified sleep physician and we talk about your options. Link below to learn more about sleeptest.com.
Traditionally, a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) appliance is the gold standard for sleep apnea treatment. However, many patients do not respond well to CPAP because of a poor fit, claustrophobia or discomfort.
For these patients, and others, a sleep guard may be recommended. We can create a custom sleep guard to hold your lower jaw slightly forward, which prevents soft tissues from blocking airflow.
New Direction Dental wants to help you relieve your sleep apnea. For more information, please schedule an appointment with your dentist, and we will be in touch with you shortly.
Sleep evaluation video for all our patients. #sleepisimportant
Posted by New Direction Dental & Sleep Care, Brant Rouse, DDS & Associates on Thursday, October 3, 2019