Snoring and sleep apnea are two common sleeping problems that can be treated by our dentist. Both revolve around how you breathe while sleeping. Snoring occurs when one breathes through their mouth, causing the pharyngeal tissues to vibrate. Obstructive sleep apnea is a type of sleep apnea characterized by upper airway collapse that prevents airflow. Each episode can last from a few seconds to just over a minute, and multiple episodes can occur per night. While there is also another type of sleep apnea known as central sleep apnea, dental treatments are only effective in treating obstructive sleep apnea and snoring.
How do the dentists at Care Dental Clinic treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea?
Our dentists at Care Dental Clinic treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea through appliance therapy. Dental impressions are taken of your mouth and used to fabricate a custom oral appliance that will be worn while you sleep. This appliance is fabricated to place the jaw in a slightly forward position, which keeps the airway open and prevents the tongue from falling backwards in the mouth. By positioning the mouth in a certain way, Jaw Advancing Devices (JAD) or Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD) decreases the possibility of airway restrictions, while also preventing you from grinding or clenching your teeth.
We often recommend patients to wear a removable oral appliance, as it is a convenient treatment This device is very secure and works the best.
How does this oral appliance work?
It is customized for your mouth specifically and securely. As a result of which you can simply slip it into place when you go to sleep. It remains in place inside the mouth and holds your lower jaw in the perfect position. This helps your tongue from falling backward and keeps the airway clear. Most of the people have benefited using this oral appliance.
- CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine. This has been proved to be the most successful sleep Apnea treatment method. It delivers a steady stream of air through a mask in order to keep your airways open during the night. This way the body receives the required oxygen for proper rest.
- Surgery is the other treatment option available. The surgery can clear up sleep Apnea issues by removing the extra fatty tissue blocking your airway.
If you think you need a proper Consultation before going ahead with any kind of treatment for sleep apnea, do visit our dental clinic, we are also a specialised clinic in sleep apnea treatment in Bangalore.
We are a team of professionals, and with the right experience and expertise will help you get over sleep apnea and recommend you the right treatment. At our dental clinic we recommend that patients explore all non-invasive treatment options first. To schedule an appointment, contact us.
What are the possible signs to Sleep apnea?
If you are experiencing more than three from the below, then are recommended to go for a consultation.
- Day time sleepiness and lethargy, reduction in productivity
- Dark discoloration on your temples, forehead and sides of your ankles
- Inability to lose weight in spite of adequate exercise
- Early onset hypertension and diabetes
- Clouded decision-making ability
- Frequent head aches and irritability
- Waking up with a dry or sore throat
- Poor sex life and relationship problems
- Irregular heartbeats at night
- Attention deficiency in children coupled with aggression
- Falling asleep while driving or performing any task that requires full attention
- Noisy breathing through the day, especially while exercising
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Answers to questions
Chronic snorers or people who regularly feel sleep deprived may be candidates for dental treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. Some other signs that you may have sleep apnea include difficulty concentrating, irritability, depression, sexual dysfunction, or learning and memory problems. While you may need to visit your doctor for a diagnosis, our dentists at Care Dental Clinic can provide treatment.
Traditionally, most people associate sleep apnea treatment with the use of a CPAP machine. While this approach may work well for some people, others find it to be uncomfortable, invasive, and loud. Therefore, one of the greatest benefits of using an oral appliance is that they are generally more comfortable, less invasive, and silent. Additionally, oral appliances also protect against teeth grinding and clenching, which is another common problem that can occur while sleeping.
CPAP machines for home use are small. They are often smaller than a shoebox. You’ll need to wear a small mask over your nose, which is connected to tubing and the machine. Most people are able to tolerate CPAP and get used to wearing it after a few nights. When you’re first adjusting to CPAP, keep the health benefits in mind, which may help you stick with it. If after a few weeks, you’re still having trouble using your CPAP, talk with our dentist. Our doctor may be able to adjust the pressure on the machine or suggest different CPAP masks, so you’re more comfortable.
Sleep apnea can cause several health complications. When your breathing stops, the oxygen level in your blood can drop. This drop can strain your cardiovascular system making your heart work harder. People with sleep apnea have a higher risk of developing high blood pressure, having irregular heartbeats and diabetes. Untreated sleep apnea is associated with an increased risk of heart attacks and stroke.