Does your partner complain of loud snoring? Do you often wake up suddenly with shortness of breath? If this sounds familiar, you may be struggling with a condition called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing up to hundreds of times a night.
Fortunately, our sleep apnea dentists can use OPTISLEEP to hold your jaws in place and clear your upper airway. OPTISLEEP can help you breathe and sleep better.
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that causes people to stop breathing many times during one night of sleep. There are different types of sleep apnea. However, the most common is called obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is most common in people who are overweight and is caused by soft tissue collapsing at the back of the throat.
Signs of Sleep Apnea
If you suspect you or your partner has sleep apnea, call our office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. Our dentists can help you controlwith OPTISLEEP. OPTISLEEP is an oral appliance you wear while you sleep that holds your jaws in a fixed position so you can breathe easier.
Signs of sleep apnea include:
- Loud snoring
- Episodes where you stop breathing during sleep (witnessed by another person)
- Waking up suddenly with shortness of breath
- Waking up with dry mouth or a sore throat
- Sleepiness during the day
- Difficulty paying attention
Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea
You’re more likely to haveif you’re carrying extra pounds. This is because obstructive sleep apnea happens when soft tissue collapses at the back of your throat, blocking your airway. Patients who have sleep apnea tend to be overweight, white, male, and over 40. However, you don’t have to fit any of these demographics to have sleep apnea.
Our sleep apnea dentists will be able to review your medical history for other risk factors. For example, those who smoke or abuse alcohol are more likely to have sleep apnea later in life.
Sleep Apnea Treatments
If you suspect you or your partner has sleep apnea, schedule an appointment with our office as soon as possible. We’ll be able to order a sleep study to find out if you have sleep apnea. If you have the condition, the study will also show us how many times you stop breathing a night and for how long. We want to understand the cause of your episodes so we can provide the correct sleep apnea treatment.
If you have obstructive sleep apnea, your dentist may recommend OPTISLEEP. OPTISLEEP is a sleep apnea device that holds your jaws in a fixed position while you sleep.
Aren’t sure if you need a sleep apnea device? Our dentists can order a sleep study to give you peace of mind. If we find evidence of sleep apnea, we’ll create a custom oral appliance for you to wear at night. To schedule your appointment with one of our Jenison sleep apnea dentists, call McMahon Family Dental at (616) 457-2710.