Do You Have Trouble Sleeping?
Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Did you know that nearly 80% of the estimated 22 million Americans suffering from sleep apnea go undiagnosed? Untreated sleep apnea can lead to serious health issues from heart attacks, strokes, ADHD and high blood pressures to obesity, poor concentration, impaired memory, diabetes, dementia, depression and even sudden death. The risk is real and the list could go on.
Besides smiling, speaking, and eating, we also use our mouths for other things, including breathing. Your inner mouth shape, teeth, and tongue all play a role in how you breath. Thanks to recent medical advancements we can now help people suffering from Sleep Apnea. Our office, which is partnered with a local San Antonio sleep physician, is helping people get the help they need with Sleep Apnea Treatment. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a condition in which people have difficulty breathing while they sleep due to a collapsing airway. Over the last 30+ years, the medical community has had a growing understanding of this condition and how much it affects people’s well being. At Alamo Dental Health, we can treat your Sleep Apnea in our office through a simple procedure. Start sleeping better now!
Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
- Frequent, loud snoring
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Chronic exhaustion even after a full night’s sleep
- Gasping, choking or snorting during sleep
- Morning headaches
- Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
- High blood pressure
- Poor memory, moodiness or difficulty concentrating
- Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat
Treatments for Sleep Apnea range from CPAPs to dental sleep appliances to surgery, depending on the needs and desires of the patient. A small number of patients undergo surgery to create a larger breathing space; however, the majority of patients receive a CPAP machine. CPAPs are the gold standard treatment for sleep apnea and Alamo Dental Health encourages its patients to use their CPAPs as much as possible. Unfortunately, some patients cannot tolerate a CPAP. These patients have another option. They are often candidates for Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) with a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD). That is to say, these patients are candidates for a specialized mouth appliance, like a specialty nightguard or retainer that repositions the jaw slightly forward, opening up their airway while they sleep. These oral devices are worn while sleeping and are engineered to hold the lower jaw in a comfortable, forward position in order to improve breathing. These appliances are durable, comfortable and easy to use. Ask our office about Medical Insurance reimbursement for this treatment!
In order to be treated for sleep apnea, we require our patients take a sleep study for us to properly study their sleep patterns and habits. Here at Alamo Dental Health, we’re proud to provide our patients with home sleep tests where we provide you with a machine that you take home and use overnight in your own home. No more dreading going to a sleep lab. We can get the information we need to help you while you sleep comfortably in your own bed.