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Sleep Apnea Dentistry

Updated on March 16, 2017

Sleep apnea

A good night sleep empowers to enliven the mind and restore the body. For over 15 million people world-wide experiences the symptoms of Sleep Apnea. A Sleep Apnea is a life threatening disorder in which an individual stops breathing for few seconds or longer and resumes breathing after that. Sleep Apnea occurs when the tongue falls back into the throat and blocks the airway path.

Sleep apnea dentistry

Sleep apnea treatments

If you are thinking what could be the relation between dentistry and Sleep Apnea, then i should tell you that sleep apnea dentistry refers to the branch of dentistry committed in treating the Sleep Apnea and snoring with oral appliances.

Here, a specialized trained dentist utilizes airway testing with its dentistry device Sleep Apnea to know and treat the cause.

Symptoms

The indications of the Sleep Apnea cause include:

1. Insomnia

2. Sore throat

3. High Blood Pressure

4. Obesity

5. Morning headache

6. Excessive daytime sleeping

7. Short term memory problems

8. Diabetes

9. Anxiety

Treating Sleep Apnea

The best Sleep Apnea treatments available for the patients are the most conservative therapy which will improve the medical situation. Now the question is which conservative therapy will be helpful? This is personal and multifaceted question which you should discussed with your dentist or family doctor.

The Sleep Apnea dental services provide 3 professional treatments like Oral appliance therapy, CPAP, and Surgery.

Oral Appliance Therapy suggests placing the dentistry device Sleep Apnea into the mouth to prevent obstructive Apnea. Oral devices like mouth guards usually used in sports, retainers, envisaging for teeth straightening. The treatment involves designing, selecting and fitting the device which is to be worn while sleeping. The device is designed in a way that keeps the airway unobstructed and open. Like any other appliance, they do require some commitment and adjustments on the part of the patient, but usually are easy to wear.

CPAP means continuous positive airway pressure. CPAP acts like an airway in the balloon that is being blown up, the process is very much similar to that. A pressurized airway is generated in the machine placed next to the bed. The air is forced through the windpipe that holds it open. There is the mask that is fitted on the face that holds the air hose in the nose.

In the extreme cases, surgery is suggested considering various medical factors of the patient. There is a specialized training where the dentist Sleep Apnea has undergone to treat this disorder. As this disorder is a silent condition, it does not come in the lime-light for years, thus; these dentists are skilled in its management by using various dental appliance and behavioural modifications to treat Sleep Apnea.

For An In Person Consultation

and you live in the Greater Salt Lake Area

Salt Lake Smiles

9217 Redwood Road

West Jordan, UT 84088

(801) 568-0172

Salt Lake Smiles Website

My Experience With Sleep Apnea

My sleep apnea isnt completely out of control. I mean its not bad enough for a CPAP machine, it really doesnt affect me enough to justfy wearing that huge machine. However, it does bother other people who may be sleeping in the same room as me. Also I am not getting enough oxygen throughout the night and so I wake up groggy and unrefreshed.

Therefore the sleep apnea dental device was perfect for me. It stopped my mild case sleep apnea and I feel much better in the mornings.

I mean its probably not going to have the same results for everyone, but for me this solution seemed to work out well, the sleep apnea dental device.

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      Geoff Magee 4 years ago from Belfast

      Capp is the only real help unless your condition is very mild

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      Craig O 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      @haganeedle: thank you so much for the great comments

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      Craig O 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      @KenYielding: thanks for the great comments

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      KenYielding 5 years ago

      @anonymous: You should get evaluated for bruxism (Grinding your teeth) and TMD.

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      KenYielding 5 years ago

      @anonymous: 50 to 70 million people in the US have OSA.

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      KenYielding 5 years ago

      If you want a treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea check out the DNA appliance System.

      It uses principles of Epigenetic Orthodontics which not only will it straighten your teeth, but by remodeling the bones in your jaws and skull to physically expand the functional spaces in your upper airway. This will reduce and or eliminate OSA.

      No pain, no injections and no medication.

      Treatment time depends person to person and how far the Maxilla (upper jaw) needs to be expanded. Check out my lens on this specific subject.

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      Saintunderneath 5 years ago

      I think it is important to note that the dental oral device is effective in mild apnea. CPAP is most effective for moderate to severe apnea.

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      haganeedle 5 years ago

      My husband has sleep apnea. He has the machine with the breathing mask and hose. It is bulky. He wore it faithfully for about a month and then refused to wear it anymore due to being too bulky and he ended up in the middle of the night taking it off.

      He got a mouth guard from the dentist and wears it every night. He has had it for about 3 months now. He says he feels so refreshed when he wakes up. I want to add too that his snoring is a lot less too. He said that it doesn't feel uncomfortable, but does take a little getting used to.

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      mysweetjane lm 5 years ago

      sleeping with someone with sleep apnea is no fun either! Between snoring and checking their breathing you can barely get any sleep yourself

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hmmmm... i dont like those conservative treatment methods

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It would be great if you could share more info about these symptoms and causes...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How many people decide to use oral appliances?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      how many people have to deal with sleep apnea?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      oral appliances may sound terible, but they could be a good solution for many sleeping disorders

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      nice reading, thank you for your time

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      what could be the main reason for morning headache? I have it almoast every morning?

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      soetie1973 5 years ago

      what can i do about snoring? and im not thinking about surgery...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I must say that im amazed about how many people have this kind of disorders.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Another valuable lens, thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks god i dont have such a troubles, i would just hate to have one of those oral appliances.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How safe it is to get a plastic surgery?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This was very informative lens. Thank you for publishing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is first time i heard about "Sleep Apnea" term

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      tare1981 5 years ago

      These things sure can make life dificult...good that modern medicine have improved a lot.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      it is really anoying when you are so tired, but you cant get a sleep :(

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It looks like i have most of these symptoms... so should i be woried?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      yeah, im wearing mouth gard while im sleeping, otherwise my teeth would be all gone

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      algui1980 5 years ago

      Im having sleeping troubles for long time, maybe i have this sleep apnea thing

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I sure hope they come up with something that will treat all troubles related to sleeping.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Squidoo is one of those places where you can always learn something new... and i have learned something today. thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thans for sharing this with us

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great lens, im glad i came by :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      if you ask me these conservative methods sure are conservative, no doubt