Sleep Apnea Treatment
If sleep apnea is affecting your health and quality of life, we can help. Dr. Patel is an experienced family dentist with expertise in treating both sleep apnea and sleep bruxism. These two conditions are closely linked. In fact, sleep apnea is one of the most common reasons for patients to show signs of nocturnal teeth grinding (sleep bruxism). By effectively treating sleep apnea with our general dentistry treatments, Dr. Patel can restore your night’s sleep, improve your quality of life and protect your smile from teeth grinding damage.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that occurs when your muscles relax during sleep, enabling soft tissue to collapse and block the airway. As a result, repeated cessations in breathing can occur, often reducing oxygen levels by up to 4%. These breathing pauses, of anywhere from a few seconds to more than a minute, are followed by brief awakenings that can significantly disturb your sleep.
While sleep apnea is often accompanied by snoring, teeth grinding and daytime sleepiness, it can lead to more serious health problems if left untreated. Your risk becomes higher for high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, diabetes and chronic acid reflux. Not to mention, your overall well-being and quality of life can suffer dramatically. If you experience snoring, gasping or choking while you sleep, turn to Dr. Patel for the most proven treatments in sleep apnea.
We can help you with your sleep apnea condition at Family and Cosmetic Dental Care in Suwanee. Dr. Patel provides oral appliance therapy as an effective treatment for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. A simple custom-fit snoring appliance, much like a nighttime mouthguard, can be the answer to an improved night’s sleep and revitalized health.
Oral appliance therapy is a non-invasive treatment that is comfortable, quiet and convenient. By wearing this appliance, your jaw can be supported in a more forward position, which helps to maintain an open airway while you sleep. This can greatly reduce sleep apnea episodes and snoring. Since research indicates that an increase in teeth grinding is directly proportional to the increase in frequency of apnea episodes, oral appliance therapy can also protect your smile.
At Family & Cosmetic Dental Care, we take your quality of sleep seriously, as it can affect your appearance, relationships, health, energy level and ability to enjoy life. Early diagnosis and treatment for sleep apnea and sleep bruxism are critical. If you have been told that you snore or grind your teeth at night or if you suffer from excessive fatigue during waking hours, contact our office today schedule a consultation with Dr. Patel in Suwanee.