Do you sleep all night and still wake up tired? Are you suffering from insomnia? Have you been told you snore or gasp for air while you sleep? These symptoms can indicate you have sleep apnea or sleep-disordered breathing.
You’re not alone! At Danner Dental, many of our patients come to us because they have struggled to find effective treatment for their sleep apnea symptoms. Instead of recommending a CPAP machine, which many people find difficult to use, Dr. Danner is one of the only dentists in Northeastern Ohio that treats sleep apnea and insomnia symptoms differently.
At Danner Dental, we can provide you with a custom-made oral appliance to help you finally get relief from sleep apnea. This appliance is worn while you’re sleeping and positions your lower jaw to open your airway more fully, resulting in a more comfortable and restful night of sleep!
Do You Have Sleep Apnea Symptoms?
Most people with sleep apnea:
- Snore heavily
- Stop breathing periodically while they are still asleep
- Struggle to breathe while asleep, often gasping or choking
Symptoms like these lead to fragmented sleep patterns and insomnia, and can aggravate serious medial conditions like narcolepsy, irregular heartbeat, diabetes, and more.
The severity of your sleep apnea can be measured by the number of times you stop or reduce your breathing every hour. Together, these events are counted and referred to as the Apnea-Hypopnea Index (AHI).
A sleep study can measure your AHI as well as the drop in your blood-oxygen levels to help determine if you are suffering from sleep apnea and how serious your condition is.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
There are two different types of sleep apnea: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Central Sleep Apnea (CSA). Both are considered to be serious sleep breathing disorders.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
This condition indicates that the soft tissue at the back of your throat is collapsing while you sleep, blocking your airway. Close to 30 million adults in the United States suffer with obstructive sleep apnea. This form of sleep apnea can cause you to stop breathing hundreds of times a night for up to a minute at a time.
Central Sleep Apnea
This type of sleep apnea is caused by instability in your respiratory control center. Essentially, your brain fails to send the signal to your lungs that you need to breathe fully while sleeping.
Is Sleep Apnea Dangerous?
Doctors estimate that 9.1% of men and 4% of women have sleep apnea in the United States alone. Those statistics mean that roughly 1 in every 15 people are living with sleep apnea. This condition can mean you’re at a higher risk for:
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure (hypertension)
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Chronic Acid Reflux
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Irregular Heartbeat
- Worsening ADHD
- Weight Gain
Not getting enough restful sleep can also take a toll on your personal and professional life, leaving you groggy and tired throughout the day.
How Can You Treat Sleep Apnea?
CPAP Pressure Therapy
A CPAP machine is often the recommended treatment option for people with obstructive sleep apnea. However, many people can’t comfortably use a CPAP machine and complain of dry nasal passages, skin irritation from the CPAP mask, claustrophobia, an increase in anxiety, and accidentally removing the mask while sleeping.
That’s why Dr. Danner recommends and provides an alternative: oral appliance therapy.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Because there is such a high rejection rate of CPAP machines, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine has designated dental sleep oral appliances as the #1 nonsurgical alternative for those who are CPAP intolerant.
This customized oral appliance is worn while you’re sleeping and positions your lower jaw to open your airway, resulting in a more comfortable and restful night of sleep.
Dr. Danner has undergone specialized training in Dental Sleep Medicine, which allows the dental and medical fields to combine their expertise to provide better solutions for patients. He regularly provides sleep apnea and snoring treatment to patients in the Canton, Ohio area.
Schedule Your Consultation With Dr. Jeff Danner Today!
Sleep is vital to your overall health and quality of life. If you’re concerned you or your loved one suffers from sleep apnea, give our Canton, OH dental practice a call.
We work with board-certified sleep physicians and will also help you navigate medical insurance coverage for your sleep apnea treatment.
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