Get Effective Sleep Apnea Treatments at Access Dental, Your Austin Sleep Apnea Specialists.
Sometimes snoring is more than just an annoying habit. It can also be an early warning sign of one of the most common sleep disorders – sleep apnea. Research indicates that millions of people in the U.S. are suffering from some level of undiagnosed or misdiagnosed sleep apnea. Without receiving accurate diagnosis and treatment, patients can experience a number adverse health effects, and in some cases, death may even occur. You may be wondering how a dentist can help you with sleep apnea, but for many patients suffering from this common sleep disorder, a trip to the dentist is exactly what the doctor ordered. At Access Dental, we offer safe, effective sleep apnea treatments using custom crafted oral appliances to keep the airway clear during sleep. If you want to learn more, call our Austin dentistry team to schedule a sleep apnea consultation with us in one of our four convenient locations on Rundberg Lane, William Cannon Drive, East 7th Street, and Ed Bluestein.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes patients to stop breathing for ten or more seconds at a time during sleep. There are two types of sleep apnea – central and obstructive. The rarer form, central sleep apnea (CSA), occurs when the brain fails to signal the body to breathe in and out during sleep. This can be a serious and life threatening condition. Patients suffering from mild CSA may receive adequate treatment using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), but many need more advanced therapies or surgery. The more common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). As the name suggests, OSA occurs because there is a physical blockage in the airway. This form of sleep apnea can be treated by the team at Access Dental.
How do I Know if I Have Sleep Apnea?
The only way to know for certain that you’re suffering from sleep apnea is to undergo a sleep test that monitors your breathing through the night. However, there are warning signs patients can be aware of to help their physicians make earlier diagnosis. Awareness of the warning signs is especially important for those patients who are considered higher risk, including anyone over the age of 50, men, patients with a BMI greater than 35 kg/m2, and those with neck circumference greater than 16 inches. Let our team know right away if you notice any of the following warning signs of sleep apnea, especially if you are considered high risk:
- Loud snoring
- Waking gasping, wheezing, or choking
- Dry mouth and hoarse voice upon waking
- Chronic morning headaches or migraines
- Ringing in the ears, earache, or unexplained hearing loss
- Excessive daytime tiredness, even after eight or more hours of sleep
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory loss
- Changes in mood or behavior
Why Should I Visit a Dentist for Sleep Apnea Treatment?
Dentists have completed advanced training that allows them to understand how the oral and facial structures interact, and that includes the airway. At Access Dental, our skilled Austin dentists offer patients with obstructive sleep apnea custom crafted oral appliances that shift the jaw forward to keep the airway clear during sleep. Additionally, we can work with patients and their sleep doctors to design a combined CPAP and oral appliance treatment plan.
If you think you, or someone you know may be suffering from OSA, please give us a call at 1-877-520-0044 immediately.