Sleep apnea and dentistry are really compatible now days because many people that have sleep apnea, fortunately there's a lot more interest and people are talking about it. A lot of people suffer from sleep apnea go undiagnosed. In our office we look for that. That's one of the questions we ask as far as your overall health. We're concerned. Are you at risk for sleep apnea? If you are there's a whole host of medical problems that probably are in your future if you're not going to address it. If you're not getting the oxygen that you need at night you're going to have medical problems. Whether it's going to be your heart or your liver or your kidneys or whatever. You're going to have trouble.
It is something we are very aware of. Many patients that we diagnose or that we are suspicious of, then we work with a sleep clinic to have a sleep test done or I have the equipment in my office to send home with you to have a sleep test done. Many of the patients that are saying they're having more episodes of not breathing at night, need to have a C-PAP. A C-PAP machine will force air down your throat whether you like it or not. You're going to get air and it can be a life saver.
There are a certain segment of the populace that isn't going to wear it even if they know it's going to help them. They're not going to wear it. We find oral appliances can help those patients. It may not help all the way but it's helping them better than nothing. The other segment it really helps are the ones that are more mild. They may have just a few episodes of not breathing at night. As we move their jaw forward with an oral appliance then they're getting the air that they need during their rest at night.
Could you or a loved one be one of the many people undiagnosed with a sleep or breathing disorder? It’s estimated that 20-25 percent of all adults have this type of disorder. The majority of patients who suffer from this insidious condition, however, are not even aware there is a problem. They know that they are tired or maybe have been told they snore, but they have no idea they have episodes of not breathing at night (apnea). Dr. Gleave in Salt Lake City, UT has the training and equipment to help diagnose and treat many of these cases. If the case is more severe, he works closely with a sleep physician for referral and CPAP treatment.
Don’t Let Sleep Apnea Affect Your Health
The consequences of doing nothing are severe. To deprive your body of the needed oxygen and rest it needs each night is very taxing to your whole system. It will substantially decrease your body and mind’s performance, not to mention adding to many other health problems. These include depression, hypertension, poor healing, impotence and loss of libido, memory loss, stress to sleep partner, weight gain, increased frequency of urination, acid reflux, and teeth grinding.
Patients with untreated obstructive sleep apnea are four times more likely to have heart failure, and 90 percent of all stroke victims have obstructive sleep apnea. It will also increase depression by 40 percent, and you’re seven times more likely to have an auto accident. So treating a sleep/breathing disorder will certainly enhance the quality of your life and may just save it.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Options in Salt Lake City
Dr. Gleave is certified to utilize the SomnoDent appliance to treat obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. It is the only oral appliance that is adjustable by slowing titrating to place the mandible (lower jaw) in the most forward position without causing pain to the jaw joint. This sleep appliance has been very effective in treating snoring and mild and slightly moderate obstructive sleep apnea cases. It is also beneficial in helping the CPAP-intolerant patient.
If you suffer from sleep apnea disorder and want to find relief with sleep apnea treatment, call our Salt Lake City, UT office today at 801-747-8531 to schedule your appointment. You can schedule your appointment online as well.