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Sleep Dentistry in Wahpeton, ND

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Wahpeton Family Dentistry provides snoring therapy and sleep apnea treatment for families in Wahpeton, North Dakota. Call 701-642-8566 to contact us or email us today to learn more and schedule an appointment.

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.

Procedures Offered

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.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sleep Apnea

Is snoring always a sign of sleep apnea?
Snoring is one of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea, but it doesn’t always mean that you have a sleep disorder. It is more of a warning sign that you may have sleep apnea or may develop it in the future.
Should I seek treatment for snoring?
If you or a loved one snore frequently or loudly, it is a good idea to have an evaluation. Even if you don’t have sleep apnea, snoring can still prevent you and others from getting quality sleep. Treatment for snoring can improve your health in a variety of ways.
Is snoring normal for children?
Snoring can be normal for children, but it can also be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea. If your child snores frequently or loudly at night, let us know so that we can perform an evaluation. Often the cause of snoring in children is enlarged tonsils or adenoids, which can be corrected with surgery.
What are the benefits of sleep apnea treatment?
Treating your sleep apnea can help you get better quality sleep, which can be life changing. If you are tired all the time and don’t feel your best, you may find that getting treatment for your sleep apnea gives you more energy and improves your mental health.
Is a snoring mouthpiece better than a CPAP machine?
Another treatment option for sleep apnea is a CPAP, which stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. It consists of a mask you wear over your mouth and nose connected to a machine that delivers a constant flow of air that keeps your airway open while you sleep. Some types of sleep apnea will require this type of treatment, while many types can be treated with a mouthpiece. Patients often prefer the sleep apnea mouthpiece because it is compact, quiet, and easy to travel with.

To learn more, call 701-642-8566 to contact us or email us today to schedule an appointment.

Contact our office today to schedule your appointment!

103 9th St N, Ste 2
Wahpeton, ND 58075
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