Sleep Apnea and Snoring Support

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person's breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times. This means the brain -- and the rest of the body -- may not get enough oxygen.

There are many side effects if Sleep Apnea is not treated including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure, irregular heart beats, and heart attacks
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Worsening of ADHD
  • Headaches
  • Acid reflux
  • Lowering the sex drive
  • In addition, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for poor performance in everyday activities, such as at work and school, motor vehicle crashes, and academic underachievement in children and adolescents.

  • What are Treatment options?

    Sleep apnea treatments range from lifestyle changes, such as losing weight or changing sleep positions, to CPAP therapy, surgery, and oral appliances. One of the first lines for checking Air way is consulting with otolaryngologist (ENT) for any possible airway obstruction.

    How a Dentist can help?

    In Stone Springs Dentistry, Dr. Nikta Marvdashti evaluates oral cavity, airway and back of the mouth, reviews medical history and questioner filled by patient to determine candidacy of patient for referral to a Sleep Specialist Doctor for consultation.

    After consultation with Sleep specialist and definite diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). The Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) can be considered as an optional treatment or a combination therapy with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP).

    An oral appliance keeps the airway open by keeping the lower jaw and tongue from falling back and blocking the airway. Oral appliances are made out of a variety of materials, most being adjustable. The sleep treatment appliance being adjustable is important so that an effective jaw position can be found. In our office patients are routinely scheduled for follow up sleep studies during which the appliance can be adjusted by the sleep technician to ensure that the appliance is working properly.

    For more information please check the AADSM website and PUBMed link.

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