Sleep apnea in Chagrin Falls can leave you feeling exhausted, even first thing in the morning. However, effective help is available from Perfect-A-Smile Dental Group. Dr. Richard and the rest of our team have treated many patients suffering from the effects of sleep apnea.
Like them, a simple oral appliance could help you:
Call us today at 440-708-0900 to sleep better soon! Our office is located at 16716 Chillicothe Road, Ste. 700 – next to the Goddard School.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disturbance that occurs when your airway becomes temporarily blocked while sleeping. The tongue and soft tissues in your throat normally relax to a degree when you’re asleep, but when they relax too much, your air supply can be interrupted.
Without sufficient oxygen, your brain signals your body to wake up and take in more air. After a few breaths, you drift off to sleep again. Most sleep apnea sufferers aren’t even aware this is happening. For some people, this cycle can repeat itself dozens of time an hour, or hundreds of times per night!
However, a comfortable oral appliance can change all that for you. Our team will work with a physician to arrange a sleep test. If you receive a sleep apnea diagnosis, then we can have a custom mouthpiece made for you.
This appliance will shift your lower jaw slightly forward, allowing your airway to remain open while you sleep. Many patients notice a difference right away. You’ll sleep better and wake up feeling better. You’ll have more energy and focus during the day, and you may even experience fewer feelings of depression. Since snoring is often a symptom of sleep apnea, your treatment may reduce your snoring – and help your bed partner sleep better, too!
Most importantly, you’ll reduce the risk of serious disease. Sufferers of this sleep disorder have a greater chance of facing high blood pressure, strokes, heart disease, heart attacks, and diabetes. Taking action now can actually help you enjoy a better quality of life and live longer!
Sleep apnea today, in dentistry, is a big term. Everybody wants to do sleep apnea. I particularly find I'm the one that treats the patient in our practice with sleep apnea. I think it's a function of working with neuromuscular issues. But sleep apnea can be a lot of things.
For many patients, it's just a matter of getting an appliance to make sure that their airway’s open. And that's done by bringing the lower jaw forward and slightly open, and it does help snoring. Other patients may need a new device like that, along with some added oxygen. So we have to be careful in dentistry. I don't diagnose sleep apnea. When it is diagnosed, we can help it.
It's also an interesting area that we are studying: Should we begin to find some ways to help diagnose that? And the snoring problem, again, is a lot of functions of how you sleep and where your jaw position is. So, I feel I have to be very careful as to who I can help and who I can't help. I may need other specialists to help solve this problem. But we're there with the patient to solve it."