At St. Mary’s Dental, we offer an overall approach to your dental health that includes taking care of your temporomandibular joint issues, and addressing your sleep apnea and snoring problems.
Sometimes, it’s difficult to determine if you’re suffering from sleep apnea. Most cases of sleep apnea are discovered because other people witness your abnormal pauses in breathing.
Signs & Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
However, there are signs that you might have nighttime rest issues due to sleep apnea. Most patients who suffer from this condition usually experience several of these symptoms:
- Moodiness and irritability
- Extreme stress
- Daily fatigue
- Waking frequently at night
- Chronic snoring
- Choking, snorting, gasping during sleep
- Morning headaches
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of this condition. If you have OSA, your breathing is consistently interrupted by a blockage to your air flow. This may be why you snore, choke, snort, gasp, or wake up feeling out of breath.
Get Tested for Sleep Apnea at St. Mary’s Dental
At St. Mary’s Dental, we’ll work with your primary care doctor to administer the appropriate tests to determine what kind of sleep apnea you have. We can also use our 3D CAT Scanner to diagnose your airway to determine what treatment would be most effective for your situation.
Using these pieces of information we can create an appropriate treatment plan. Our sleep apnea therapy may include a nasal mask, a dental appliance that repositions the tongue or the lower jaw, or a custom-made interlocking bite guard.
With our oral appliance therapy, you can sleep well again without a cumbersome machine next to your bed. Your oral appliance would be specifically crafted and fitted for you to help you achieve optimal nighttime comfort.
At our practice, we treat the disease and not just the symptoms. To find out more about obstructive sleep apnea, call us at our office.