Sleep Apnea

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American Dental Excellence

Implant Dentistry & Family Dentistry located in Limerick, PA

You don’t have to wrestle with an uncomfortable machine to treat your sleep apnea anymore. Among their full range of comprehensive and specialized dental services, the health care professionals at American Dental Excellence offer custom-made oral appliances to relieve your symptoms of sleep apnea. If you live in Limerick, Pennsylvania or the surrounding neighborhoods, schedule a visit either by calling or clicking online to see how American Dental Excellence can help you get a better night’s sleep.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea causes your breathing to stop at times while you’re sleeping. When your breathing stops for at least 10 seconds, it’s called an apnea. If you have sleep apnea, you can have from five to 100 apneas in a single hour. Having five apneas is considered abnormal, and anything over 30 is severe.

There are many types of sleep apnea, but the most common is obstructive sleep apnea. Blockages or narrowing in your throat, mouth, or nose that lead to breathing disruptions cause this type of sleep apnea.  

Obstructive sleep apnea is typically due to narrowed airways, nasal congestion, and being overweight.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea causes several symptoms, including:

  • Loud snoring
  • Waking up with a dry throat or headache
  • Disrupting the sleep of those around you
  • Feeling unrested, unfocused, and irritated
  • Waking up frequently or tossing and turning

In addition to uncomfortable symptoms, untreated sleep apnea can lead to several health complications.

What are the risks of sleep apnea?

Continued reductions in your oxygen levels due to sleep apnea can harm your health. Some of the health complications they cause include:

  • Diabetes and obesity
  • Stroke and high blood pressure
  • Work- or driving-related accidents
  • Mood disorders like depression
  • Behavioral and cognitive issues
  • Heart failure, heart attack, and irregular heartbeats

Sleep apnea also causes higher rates of cancer.  

How do dentists treat sleep apnea?

The dentists at American Dental Excellence have extensive experience treating sleep apnea through custom-made oral appliances.

You wear an oral appliance to treat sleep apnea while you sleep. These devices are similar to an orthodontic retainer or mouthguard and are specially designed to hold your jaw in a forward position. This change in alignment prevents your airway from collapsing and obstructing your breathing.

Unlike uncomfortable and noisy CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines, using an oral device to treat your sleep apnea is quiet, comfortable, and easily portable. In addition to treating sleep apnea, your dentist might also recommend them to reduce snoring in adults.

Don’t ignore your sleep apnea symptoms. Call American Dental Excellence or schedule a free consultation online today.