Are you experiencing excessive daytime sleepiness? Does your partner snore loudly every night?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and sleep-disordered breathing are growing health concerns that can have a detrimental impact on your overall health and quality of life. Treating sleep apnea will improve sleep, reduce associated health risks, and give you back lost energy and focus in your daily routine. Finding the right solution for your sleep apnea can be as simple as visiting the dentist.
Dr. Dechter and Dr. Moy work with patients who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or sleep-disordered breathing. Dechter & Moy Dentistry in Silver Spring MD addresses mild to moderate symptoms of Obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy.
The CPAP machine is considered the “gold standard” of Obstructive Sleep Apnea treatment, and recommended for more severe cases. Fortunately, oral appliance therapy has been proven to be highly effective in patients with milder symptoms or who are intolerant of the CPAP system.
Do I Have Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea can affect anyone, even young children. However, there are certain risk factors that everyone should be aware of, and discuss with your dentist. We screen for the common oral signs of sleep apnea during your routine visits, and can coordinate further testing with your physician if needed.
Dr. Dechter and Dr. Moy have successfully treated many patients with this disorder. Some even report almost instant results after a few trials.
Common risk factors include:
- Male gender
- Overweight, obese
- Fast weight gain in a short period of time
- Large neck circumference
- Large tonsils
- High blood pressure
- Over the age 40
If you consider yourself at risk for sleep apnea, schedule a consultation and discuss your concerns with us. We can help determine your need for further diagnosis and treatment.
What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
Recognizing the signs and symptoms of a sleep disorder could be life-saving. Sleep apnea and other sleep-related disorders can cause you to stop breathing repeatedly during sleep! This momentarily deprives vital organs of oxygen. Over time, this impacts your daily life and overall health. The common signs of having a sleep disorder can include:
- Snoring, often loud
- Waking up gasping for air
- Feeling groggy in the morning or sleepy during the day
- Irritability, moodiness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Dry mouth in the morning
How Does Oral Appliance Therapy Work?
The use of an oral appliance to treat sleep apnea can alleviate symptoms and minimize health risks often associated with a sleep disorder. Dr. Dechter and Dr. Moy can create a custom fit oral appliance specifically designed for your mouth. This small device is similar to a mouthguard. It will reposition your jaw to prevent the soft tissues at the back of the throat from collapsing and blocking your airway.
An oral appliance will fit much like a mouthguard, and allows the wearer to speak and drink fluids while in place. The best part is that you only have to wear it at night, while you sleep. The sleep apnea oral appliance is easy to transport, relatively comfortable and more discreet than a CPAP machine. Patients who can benefit from an oral appliance are often more compliant with usage.
Sleep Apnea FAQs
What is the life expectancy of someone with sleep apnea?
Studies have shown that patients who develop sleep apnea before the age of fifty have a life expectancy between 8 and 18 years.
How can I fix sleep apnea naturally?
Patients can attempt to treat sleep apnea from home. The best way to stop sleep apnea is to exercise and stay at a healthy weight. If you are overweight, this could be making your sleep apnea much worse. Yoga is a good way to open airways and reduce sleep apnea.
What is the best position to sleep with sleep apnea?
It is best to sleep on your side with sleep apnea. Professionals may recommend that patients sleep on their right side, because it increases blood circulation and can reduce snoring.