Sleep Disordered Breathing Lansdowne
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder suffered by many Americans that is commonly treated by dentists. There are two types of sleep apnea; obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the upper airway closes (partially or fully) while the effort to breath continues. Central sleep apnea occurs when respiratory effort ceases to occur during sleep. Patients can suffer from one or the other, or both. At Lansdowne Dental, we specialize in treating sleep apnea disorders through various methods once concluding what the ultimate cause of the sleep apnea is. Sleep apnea can be serious, so you will need to be officially diagnosed by your physician for proper treatment. Once you have been diagnosed, sleep apnea dentist Dr. Nguyen can evaluate your situation and suggest the best treatment option for your condition.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea & Sleep Disordered Breathing
If you have heard from a partner that you snore in your sleep or stop breathing in your sleep, this is the most common symptom of sleep apnea or sleep disordered breathing. Other symptoms include waking up feeling exhausted, poor concentration, daytime sleepiness, feeling depressed, fatigue, weight gain, morning headaches, sexual dysfunction and forgetfulness. Without treatment, patients can suffer serious consequences such as high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack. Children also show similar symptoms as stated above in addition to noisy breathing or mouth breathing, behavior problems such as ADHD, and restless sleep. It’s important to visit your physician if you notice these symptoms in yourself or a loved one in order to receive proper treatment and improve your health.
Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea & Sleep Disordered Breathing
One of the most common treatment options for sleep apnea and sleep disordered breathing is a simple oral appliance. Most patients believe they will have to wear a noisy and uncomfortable CPAP machine while they sleep, but this is not true. Oral appliances are custom made to fit your mouth and to push your lower jaw and tongue forward to open your airway and thus allow you to breathe correctly while you sleep. Most patients prefer oral appliances because they are comfortable to wear, easy to bring when traveling and affordable. Our Lansdowne dental office offers several types of oral appliances. If this is the right treatment for your sleep disorder, our dentist will recommend the best one for your condition.