Obstructive Sleep Apnea
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition that affects a person’s breathing while sleeping. It is characterized by snoring and pauses in breathing that occur while you sleep, resulting in poor quality sleep. When you lay down to sleep, especially on your back, the soft tissues of your mouth and throat relax and obstruct your airway.
Snoring is a sign of a partially obstructed airway. As you breathe in, the air moves over the tissues of your mouth and throat resulting in vibrations that create the snoring sound you hear.
When the airway is completely blocked you will stop breathing for seconds at a time, which causes you to wake up enough to change positions and resume breathing. This interrupts your natural sleep cycle and prevents you from reaching the deep sleep that is required for adequate rest and rejuvenation.
It is important to note that prior to treatment of sleep apnea in our office, we often refer you for a sleep study which measures how well you sleep and how your body responds to sleep problems.
We provide the following sleep dentistry services:
- Snoring Therapy. Snoring can not only prevent you from getting quality sleep, it also affects your spouse, partner, roommate, or anyone else who shares close sleeping quarters. We can create a custom snoring mouthpiece that will position your jaw in such a way that you stop snoring.
- Sleep Apnea Treatment. Improper breathing while you sleep prevents you from getting the rest you need and can lead to other health problems. A custom sleep apnea mouthpiece can reposition your jaw to keep your airway open while you sleep. In some cases surgery to the soft tissues of your mouth and throat may provide a permanent solution to sleep apnea.
Why Choose Wahpeton Family Dentistry?
We believe that quality sleep is important for your overall health and wellness, which is why we provide treatment for snoring and sleep apnea. As dental professionals we specialize in conditions of the mouth and jaw, and snoring and sleep apnea both originate from the mouth in most cases. We can often diagnose and treat these conditions conveniently in our office without needing to refer you to a sleep specialist.