Obstructed airways can cause you to wake up numerous times during the night, leading to a lack of sleep, irritability, and health concerns.
Fortunately, the Newport Family Dental Care team in Newport, TN, offers sleep apnea treatment to help you achieve better sleep.
If you struggle to sleep through the night, it may be time to schedule a consultation with our dentists.
Dr. David Sutton Discusses Sleep Apnea
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What Is Sleep Apnea?
Central Sleep Apnea
Patients with central sleep apnea stop breathing while sleeping because their brains fail to send signals to their muscles to breathe. Central sleep apnea is a rare, complex neurological disorder that requires the attention of highly trained specialists.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Patients with obstructive sleep apnea stop breathing while asleep because the soft tissues in their mouths and throats collapse, obstructing their upper airways. Obstructive sleep apnea is a relatively common condition that our dentists can treat in collaboration with specialized sleep doctors. The telltale symptom of obstructive sleep apnea is excessive snoring.
Could You Have Sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Do you think you may have sleep apnea? Some of the common signs of sleep apnea include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Bouts of insomnia
- Loud snoring
- Waking up at night short of breath
- Snorting or making choking sounds at night
- Headaches when waking up
- Falling asleep unintentionally throughout the day
- Extreme drowsiness during the day
Sleep Apnea Risk Factors
Sleep apnea can affect anyone, even children. Some of the risk factors for this condition include:
- Being male
- Being overweight
- Being more than 40 years of age
- Having a neck size larger than 17 inches for men or 16 inches for women
- Having large tonsils or a small jaw bone
- Family history of sleep apnea symptoms
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD or chronic acid reflux)
- Nasal obstructions
Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Custom-Made Oral Appliances
Better Sleep Is Possible Request a Consultation Today
If you snore incessantly and wake up tired and groggy, there's a good chance that you have obstructive sleep apnea. Fortunately, treatment is available at Newport Family Dental Care. If you're ready to improve your health and quality of life by achieving better sleep, contact our team today to schedule a consultation.
Patients from Newport, Morristown, Sevierville, and all over Tennessee can request a consultation with our doctors by contacting us online or calling:
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The Sleep Apnea Treatment Process
Our dentists can custom-design an oral appliance for you that will shift the position of your jaws so your airway remains open while you sleep.
What About CPAP?
A common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP. CPAP machines use masks that cover the mouth and nose to blow air into your airways, keeping them open. While continuous positive airway pressure is effective, many patients find the masks uncomfortable, inconvenient, and embarrassing.
Oral appliance therapy is a much more discreet solution that patients tend to prefer. Our doctors will help you understand the pros and cons of both methods before working with you to decide which option is best.