Orlando Sleep Apnea Therapy
A good night’s sleep makes it possible for all of us to perform a variety of daily tasks. Without the right quantity and quality of sleep, every aspect of your daily life and health are compromised. Unfortunately, for many years sleep apnea has been one of the most misdiagnosed health concerns. You may think of chronic snoring as nothing more than a harmless bad habit, but it may be the first of many warning signs that you’re suffering from sleep apnea. If you believe you’re experiencing sleep apnea, you may not immediately think about visiting the dentist. However, at Sand Lake Dental, we are happy to work with patients throughout the sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment planning process. Our Orlando dentist and team have years of experience partnering with patients to improve their sleep with custom crafted oral appliances. If you want to learn more, please call to schedule your sleep apnea consultation today.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders. It occurs when patients cease breathing for ten or more seconds at a time during sleep. This can occur for two reasons, either due to obstruction or due to the brain’s failure to signal the body to inhale. Central sleep apnea, that occurs when the brain fails to signal the body to inhale, is the rarer of the two types. It requires quick, extensive treatment to ensure patient safety. You will need to work with a sleep doctor or even a surgeon to receive adequate treatment to address central sleep apnea immediately as it can be life threatening. Obstructive sleep apnea is much more common. It occurs when the throat muscles relax creating an obstruction in the airway that impedes breathing. This form of sleep apnea is the type we’re able to treat at Sand Lake Dental.
How do I Know I Have Sleep Apnea?
The only way to know for sure is to schedule a sleep apnea consultation appointment with our team and undergo sleep tessing. If you want to learn more about your risk for sleep apnea, take our sleep quiz and review the common warning signs of sleep apnea below:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Waking gasping, choking, or wheezing
- Waking with headaches, sore throat, hoarse voice, or ringing in ears
- Difficulty concentrating
- Failure to remember specifics or inability to focus on details
- Changes in mood or behavior
Treatments for Sleep Apnea
There are two main treatments for obstructive sleep apnea. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) was the most commonly prescribed treatment for decades. Unfortunately, many patients find themselves unable to adjust to the loud sounds and unfamiliar sensations that accompany CPAP therapy, and they quickly cease to use their systems as directed. For these patients, those who are simply suffering with snoring and are not diagnosed with sleep apnea, and those who want a more a portable treatment option, oral appliance therapy may offer a viable alternative to CPAP. Oral appliances are crafted to shift the jaw forward. This shift in jaw position places pressure on the throat muscles to keep the airway clear. We offer three types of oral appliances in our office – the TAP appliance, the EMA appliance, and the SYPPAH appliance. Each of these appliances has its own unique benefits, but we’ll evaluate your situation and help you find the best solution during your treatment consultation.