At Meadowmont Dentistry, we are pleased to provide a number of specialty services to best serve our patients.  Among these are specialized devices and treatments to combat sleep apnea. Our staff understands that sleep is important to a healthy and happy life.  We are able to effectively treat sleep apnea and its symptoms. Call or go online to schedule your appointment today. Learn more below about sleep apnea, its causes, and what we can do to treat it.

Ensuring a Good Night’s Sleep

There are few things more awful than not being able to sleep.  It’s even worse when you’re keeping people around you from sleeping, too.  Sleep apnea is a lot more than snoring – it can be a very serious condition.  Meadowmont Dentistry can help. We want out patients to better understand the causes of sleep apnea. There can be a number of factors that can lead to this problem. Some of these can be lifestyle related. Others are out of your control. Regardless of what is causing it, we want to aid you in making it stop. Talk to our experts to find out how are can help.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea occurs when tissues at the back of your throat collapse while you sleep. This blocks and obstructs your airways. These soft tissues are also what causes snoring through their vibrations. The most common kind is obstructive sleep apnea. This is when the soft tissues block the airway. Other types of sleep apnea include central sleep apnea. In central sleep apnea, the brain is unable to send the right signals to your breathing muscles. The third type is complex sleep apnea, which is a combination of the other two. Proper and accurate diagnosis is critical and is achieved with the help of a sleep test. Our doctors at Meadowmont Dentistry work closely with local certified sleep physicians and sleep labs/centers to help I the completion of sleep test and all related review of test results and diagnosis.

What Does Sleep Apnea Do?

Symptoms can be a lot more severe than loud snoring. When the airways are blocked they can lead to “micro-arousals.” These are short periods when your body wakes up in order to breathe normally. Over time, the result is a sleepless night. Chronic sleep apnea can cause both low blood oxygen (hypoxemia) and sleep deprivation, among other things. These symptoms can result in poor vision, impaired alertness, and problems saving awake during the day. In turn, this can lead to less energy, moodiness, depression, and worse. Sleep apnea has been linked to many systemic health problems and diseases ranging from high blood pressure to diabetes to heart failure. According to the latest research from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, untreated sleep apnea can take an average of 12 to 15 years off of your life!

What Can We Do About Sleep Apnea?

When you suffer from sleep apnea it often means that your family, and even your neighbors, might be suffering too. Meadowmont Dentistry will work with you to develop a custom-fit oral appliance unique to you. These appliances reposition the jaw to clear your airways. This helps to prevent snoring and letting you sleep better. Get in touch with our friendly staff to arrange your fitting.

Stop Sleep Apnea Today

You deserve a good night’s sleep. Sleep apnea isn’t something you (or your loved ones) should be forced to live with. Our trained staff is here to work with you to treat your sleep apnea. Don’t go through any more restless nights. Get in touch with Meadowmont Dentistry today. Let us help you (and your family) experience a good night’s sleep.