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.
Sleep apnea is a major issue for many people, though they may not even know it. If you’re being told by those in your household that you snore at night, that indicates you may be dealing with bigger issues caused by sleep apnea. If you feel exhausted during the day despite sleeping for a full eight hours, that’s another warning sign.
Rod Gleave, DMD provides noninvasive sleep apnea treatment to benefit your overall health, as well as ensure you and your family members gain a decent night’s rest. Call 801-747-8531 to schedule a consultation at our Salt Lake City, UT dentist office so we can stop sleep apnea from affecting you, day or night.
Helping You Sleep Safely And Soundly With Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea is actually a breathing disorder, which can be easily rectified by wearing an oral appliance from Dr. Gleave. Dr. Gleave is certified to use a SomnoDent appliance to treat obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. It is the only oral appliance that is adjustable by slowing realigning your lower jaw position to help you breathe better – without causing pain to your jaw joint.
This sleep appliance has been very effective in treating snoring and mild, slightly moderate obstructive sleep apnea cases. It is also beneficial in helping CPAP-intolerant patients. To see if a sleep apnea appliance can help you, Dr. Gleave can provide you with sleep test equipment to take home. If you require more involved treatment, Dr. Gleave will refer you to a trusted sleep physician for the best care possible.
Understanding Sleep Apnea Symptoms
While you’re snoozing, the soft tissue in the back of your mouth can collapse and make it difficult to receive oxygen. The resulting issues can include:
- Daily fatigue
- Memory loss
- Weight gain
- Frequent trips to the bathroom during the night
- Acid reflux
- Teeth grinding
There are other scarier problems that sleep apnea can cause. Heart failure and strokes have been linked to sleep apnea, so it’s best to come to Rod Gleave, DMD in Salt Lake City, UT immediately if you suspect you’re dealing with this condition.
Dr. Rod Gleave is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID).