Sleep Apnea Solutions For Total Health [BLOG]
As a holistic dentist’s office, we are concerned with your total health and wellness, not just things like cavities. One scenario that can adversely impact your continued well-being is when your life is continually disrupted by sleep apnea. Today we’re going to talk more about this dangerous condition, and what a dentist like Dr. Porter can do to help you address it in a safe and effective manner. Keep reading and then be sure to call us at 307-622-1311 to request your consultation appointment in Gillette, WY.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
There are two kinds of sleep apnea, and the one we can treat here is called obstructive sleep apnea. As the name suggests, it is caused by an obstruction (more often than not it is the tongue) in the airway that more or less starves your brain of much needed oxygen.
When everything is working as it should, the muscles that exist in your airway will keep it open throughout the night. When something is amiss, your tongue will fall out of place and create problems for you by making it nearly impossible to breathe. That is when your nightmare begins. Some people suffer for years without knowing while others are alerted by their sleep partners that something is wrong. Either way, in most cases treatment is often put off for far too long.
What Are The Warning Signs?
Sleep apnea is nothing to fool around with. Snoring and gasping for breath during the night are two big warning signs of this condition.
But worse than that, you can exhibit personality changes and experience anxiety as well as depression.
Sleep apnea sufferers are also at an increased risk of developing high blood pressure and packing on unwanted pounds. What’s more, they often report problems with memory and concentration, which in turn can lead to accidents and injuries.
Oh, and the condition itself could kill you. So, there’s that.
This seems like a good point to explore what the dentist do about it.
What Can Dr. Porter Do?
We don’t believe in “one-size-fits-all” treatment for sleep disorders like apnea. At our Gillette dentist office, we’ll typically recommend a sleep test you can take in the privacy of your own home. Dr. Porter works closely with a sleep doctor to read the results and develop a strategy for taking back your nights. You can be sure that your treatment recomendations will be customized to fit your current needs and budget.
The good news is that if your sleep apnea is in the mild to moderate range, we can usually create a dental device just for you. An oral appliance can be crafted to fit your mouth and is designed to adjust your jaw so that your airway stays open while you sleep. This option can be used on its own or in conjunction with a CPAP machine, Myofunctional Therapy, the Buteyko Breathing Method, and perhaps even an orthodontic solution.
Call To Get Some Real Sleep!
We hope you have been inspired to end your sleep apnea nightmare. Call Synergy Dental Center in Gillette, WY today at 307-622-1311 or fill out our online form to request a consultation appointment with Dr. Porter. We’ll help you get the rest you deserve.