Recent research shows that snoring and Sleep Apnea are associated with many serious health conditions. Approximately 42 million American adults have some form of sleep breathing disorder, most are undiagnosed. If left untreated, they are contributing risk factors for high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, depression, reflux and obesity. Further, poor sleep quality can lead to daytime fatigue, irritability and increased health problems. Did you know that daytime sleepiness is a causative factor in many traffic accidents? The good news is, we can help you get a great night’s sleep.
How do you treat a Sleep Breathing Disorder and why would my dentist be involved?
We see many of our patients two to three times more often than they see their physician. This puts us in a perfect position to screen for Sleep Breathing Disorders. In our office we have the capability, experience and equipment to do a comprehensive screening and make appropriate recommendations based on these results. If it is decided that a home sleep test is in order, we have a relationship with board certified sleep physicians who will interpret the study and make a diagnosis. We will always share their findings with you and when necessary, discuss best options to treat the Sleep Breathing Disorder.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends an oral appliance as a first-line treatment option for patients with mild to moderate Sleep Apnea, and for those with severe Sleep Apnea who either decline CPAP therapy or are unable to successfully use CPAP therapy. As dentists, we are best suited to deliver that appliance. Throughout this process, we work directly with your primary care physician to ensure you receive the best comprehensive treatment for your individual needs.
Please click here to visit our pre-screening questionnaire and we can get a head start on determining if you need a more in-depth screening.