Sleep Apnea

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A2Z Smile Care

Family Dentistry & Implant Dentistry located in Glenside, PA

Sleep apnea affects as many as 22 million Americans. This disorder interrupts your sleep and can put you at great risk of developing many health problems, including heart disease and cancer. At A2Z Smile Care, Dr. Stephanie Graham and Dr. Alexandra Haberstroh offer effective solutions to sleep apnea in the form of dental devices. If you live in Glenside, Pennsylvania, or the surrounding area and suffer from sleep apnea, call the office or book online to find out about how effective and convenient dental solutions can be.

Sleep Apnea Q&A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which your breathing is interrupted for 10 seconds or longer dozens, or even hundreds, of times each night. The most common form, known as obstructive sleep apnea, results when tissue and muscles at the back of the throat collapse and fail to keep your airway open.  

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Loud snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea. Other symptoms include:

  • Feeling chronically sleep deprived
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability and depression
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Waking with a dry throat or a headache

If you awaken in the middle of the night with a choking or gasping sensation occasionally, this can also be a sign of sleep apnea. Your partner may notice this, as you may not remember all the times you wake in the night.

What are the complications of sleep apnea?

When untreated, sleep apnea leaves you feeling low on energy and vulnerable to sleepy driving and poor work performance. Your long-term health could also be at risk if you fail to treat sleep apnea. The condition is associated with an increased risk of many chronic conditions, including:

  • Heart disease and failure
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Cancer

The deprivation of oxygen during your breathless episodes increases your body’s level of inflammation and disease risk.

How does a dental appliance treat sleep apnea?

A dental appliance is customized to fit in your mouth and keep your airway from collapsing during sleep so you can breathe regularly and consistently. The appliance fits like any nightguard and can be especially effective for people who have mild to moderate sleep apnea.

What are the benefits of dental devices to treat sleep apnea?

CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, machines are often prescribed to treat sleep apnea, but they can be noisy and uncomfortable. Plus, CPAP machines are large and bulky and not really convenient for travel.

Dental appliances, however, are small, make no noise, and are portable. In some cases, a dental appliance in conjunction with a CPAP machine provides the most effective treatment for sleep apnea.

For more information about dental solutions for sleep apnea, call A2Z Smile Care in Glenside, Pennsylvania, or book an appointment online.