Sleep Apnea and Snoring in Canton, OH
Is your sleep making you tired? Do you snore? Have you been told that you gasp for air or stop breathing totally while you sleep? This dangerous situation can shorten your life by 7 years and needs an evaluation to determine the cause and a plan for treatment.
Often times sleep disordered breathing can be a contributing factor in face, head and neck muscle inflammation and TM joint inflammation and pain. With this in mind, a home sleep study is used as an evaluation for related sleep disordered breathing and clenching/grinding of the teeth due to muscle activity while the body should be at rest. Muscle activity of the face, head and neck could be related to the body trying to open the airway where the tongue and roof of the mouth meet.
This closing of the airway (or sleep apnea) can cause one to not only have TMJ disorder but worsen additional symptoms such as diabetes, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, irregular heart beat, fatigue, and weight gain.
One or more of these signs or symptoms could be the result of sleep disordered breathing or exacerbated by sleep disordered breathing. Therefore it is wise for an airway evaluation with a doctor-administered home sleep study which can be evaluated by a board certified sleep specialist for your diagnosis.
Ideal treatment consists of a nocturnal intraoral mandibular repositioning appliance to hold the jaw slightly forward to maintain the airway. This custom appliance is created from intraoral scans of your mouth to have a proper fitting solution at a specific point to maintain the airway, followed by a second home sleep study to verify accuracy and adjustments if needed.
Sleep apnea is a serious, potentially life-threatening disorder that affects approximately 18 million Americans.
What are symptoms of sleep apnea?
- morning headaches
- excessive sleepiness during the daytime
- irritability and impaired mental or emotional functioning
- excessive snoring, choking or gasping during sleep
- awakening with a dry mouth or a sore throat
What can Danner Dental do for someone with sleep apnea?
People with sleep apnea or snoring issues have the option of a non-invasive treatment through our office. Instead of the traditional surgery or C-PAP machine, which many find difficult to use, Danner Dental is one of a select few dental practices in Northeast Ohio that can provide patients with a specialized appliance for relief from sleep apnea. This appliance is worn while sleeping and positions the lower jaw to open the 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 provides this treatment to patients in Ohio and New York.
Please call us for an initial consultation and explanation of the specialized sleep appliance.
We work with board-certified sleep physicians and will help you navigate medical insurance coverage for this treatment.
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