Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are two of the most common sleep disorders. In addition to keeping you from getting a good night’s sleep, sleep apnea can also present a serious health risk. Both snoring and sleep apnea are associated with heart problems. Left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can significantly increase the risk of stroke and heart attack and impact the severity of systemic diseases. Patients with OSA repeatedly stop breathing throughout the night. Reducing oxygen flow to internal organs causes the patient to awaken. Although many patients are unaware of their snoring, many experience similar daytime symptoms related to the disorder.
Dr. Doyle Freano treats patients with snoring problems and sleep apnea in Lexington, KY. Although many do not release that sleep apnea can be treated by a dentist, it is a common concern that Dr. Freano can address. Dr. Freano can use oral appliances to open up the airways and prevent sleep apnea symptoms.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
The most common signs of sleep apnea include:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Loud snoring
- Gasping while sleeping
- Dry mouth
- Morning headaches
- Problems with concentration
- Problems staying asleep
If you or a loved one snores, discuss this with Dr. Freano at your next visit. Treating a sleep disorder can restore overall health for both the patient and those affected by their snoring.
Diagnosing Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Diagnosing a sleep-related breathing disorder such as OSA typically involves a team effort between your dentist, your general physician, and/or other specialists. Diagnostic imaging such as x-rays may be done to examine the airway and look for signs of blockage. A sleep study may also be performed to evaluate the quality of your sleep. This study can be done in the comfort of your home, or at a sleep specialist’s office.
Treating Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Can a dentist treat sleep apnea? Yes! Dr. Freano offers oral appliance therapy to address the complications of snoring and reduce the health risks associated with OSA. An oral appliance gently shifts your jaw to a position that will allow more air to flow through the upper respiratory tract.
The oral appliance itself looks like a mouthguard. It is only worn during sleep, supporting your jaw throughout the night. Dr. Freano creates custom-fit oral appliances so there is no worry of it falling out or shifting around during sleep.
Do Dental Appliances Work for Sleep Apnea?
Dentists spearheaded the use of oral appliances for Obstructive Sleep Apnea and snoring. Patients often complain about bulky CPAP machines making it difficult and uncomfortable to fall asleep. Custom-made oral appliances have very high success rates and are much more comfortable to wear.
How Long Are Sleep Apnea Studies?
On average, sleep studies take 9-10 hours total to complete. The physical time that it takes to collect data is around 6 hours. It also takes some time to check in and get connected to the monitors that will measure you as you sleep.
What Are the Negative Effects of Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea can cause many negative effects for patients. It has a negative effect on your quality of sleep, which ultimately affects your overall quality of life. If sleep apnea is not treated it can increase patients’ blood pressure. Sleep apnea can also increase a patient’s chances of having a stroke, heart failure, or heart attack. Some other immediate effects are headaches, irritability, and difficulty working and focusing.
Request a Dental Appointment Today
Seek obstructive sleep apnea treatment in Lexington Kentucky with Dr. Doyle Freano today. Schedule a worry-free consultation by calling 859-554-1586 or requesting an appointment online today.