Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder. It means that our breathing starts and stops during sleep. While it can cause serious health risks, it can be mistaken for simple snoring. The two can appear to be similar.
At Desert Hills Dental, we help patients understand if they have sleep apnea and then we help reduce its risks. With treatment for sleep apnea, our patients sleep better and enjoy better health.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when our airways become partially obstructed during sleep. The muscles in the throat relax, our airway narrows and we actually stop breathing. Our brains actually realize this is happening and we wake up briefly so our bodies resume breathing. This can happen 5 to 30 times per hour during a night of sleep!
Sleep apnea means that the brain and the body are not getting enough oxygen, which creates real health risks. But the most important thing to know is that there are effective treatments for this condition!
Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Signs of sleep apnea include:
- Snoring, especially very loud snoring
- Gasping for air and/or stopping breathing during sleep
- Waking up with a dry mouth
- Waking up tired
- Overly tired during the day and/or difficulty paying attention
The Risks of Untreated Sleep Apnea
Over time, sleep apnea puts a strain on your heart, and the reduced oxygen to the brain has a profoundly negative effect on your health. Untreated sleep apnea increases the likelihood for*:
- Cardiovascular Disease or Heart Failure
- Sudden Cardiac Death
- Heart Failure
- Depression or Irritability
- Worsening of ADHD
Schedule Your Take Home Sleep Test
If you, or someone you know and love could be suffering from sleep apnea a simple, easy, and non-invasive take home sleep apnea screening test tell us if you have sleep apnea.
Desert Hills Dental Helps You Get Relief
We create a custom, oral appliance that our patients wear while they sleep. No noisy machines or masks are needed to treat mild and moderate forms of sleep apnea. After you have been screened for sleep apnea, and tests conclude that your airflow is being blocked, we take measurements using our state-of-the-art technology, the 3D Galileos Comfort Plus with SICAT Air. We digitally scan your mouth and airway. That’s right, it’s a digital scan; there are no uncomfortable molds and our digital technology is precise.
Custom Fit Mouth Guards Help Open Airways
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A Simple, Effective Method to Alleviate Sleep Apnea
The custom mouthpiece created at Desert Hills Dental will assist with keeping your airway open. It accomplished this by bringing your lower jaw forward, or in some cases hold your tongue in a different direction. This is where the screening is imperative. As specialists in dental sleep medicine appliances, you will be thankful when you begin to get a great night sleep.