Struggling with headaches? Snoring? Unexplained sleepiness? Dental sleep medicine addresses these problems caused by sleep apnea and can get you on the path to a better night's rest!
Dental Sleep Medicine
Do you experience any of the following?
- Loud, recurring snoring
- Daytime drowsiness or fatigue
- Choking or gasping for air in your sleep
- Stopped breathing during sleep
- Unexplained weight gain/trouble losing weight
- High blood pressure
- Heightened anxiety, depression or emotional issues
- History of stroke or heart attack
- Falling asleep during the day when activity is low
- Family history of sleep apnea
If one or more of these issues applies to you, you may be struggling with sleep apnea. We can help! Dr. Daniels offers dental sleep medicine as a solution to sleep apnea.
WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA?
While snoring is a common symptom, sleep apnea is much more serious than a simple snore. It is a sleep disorder in which breathing periodically starts and stops during the night, and it can have a serious impact on your health. Sleep apnea has been linked to diabetes, stroke, heart disease and more. There are two types of sleep apnea.
Central sleep apnea is caused by your brain sending incorrect signals to your muscles in your sleep—it usually requires the help of a sleep specialist. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea, and it can often be successfully treated in a dentist’s office.
WHAT ARE MY TREATMENT OPTIONS?
Oral appliance therapy is the leading treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, and Dr. Daniels is highly trained in delivering this service.
There are more than 80 different sleep apnea oral devices on the market today. They look similar to a double retainer and are intended to be worn at night. Some oral appliances are designed to shift the lower jaw forward, while others focus on retaining the tongue to keep it from falling back into the throat during sleep. There are a variety of options for your unique case, and Dr. Daniels will create a custom-fit appliance for you.
Oral appliances are safe and effective at treating mild to moderate sleep apnea. They are one of the least invasive and most comfortable ways to ensure your apnea troubles don’t disrupt your life.
Some severe forms of apnea require more invasive treatments, procedures and surgeries. Set up a consultation to determine how we can help you.