Our Clearwater FL Dentists Can Resolve Your Sleep Apnea
Our Clearwater FL dentists take pride in helping patients keep their teeth and their health. We are constantly focusing on new ways to treat your dental problems with advanced, noninvasive care. We love educating our patients as well.
Clearwater Dental Associates is an office for everyone, from children to adults. We even tackle major dental problems like resolving missing teeth. Today we want to cover an area of dentistry many people overlook — including many dentists — sleep apnea. What is sleep apnea? How do patients know if they have a problem with sleep apnea? These are just a few questions we can answer for you.
Give us a call today at 727-800-3489, or use the online form.
The Dangers of Having Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is an overwhelming problem that affects millions of people in America. The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. This happens when soft tissue obstructs the airway during sleep. Sleep apnea is so dangerous because you stop breathing and it disrupts your sleep. In severe cases, it’s possible for people to actually die from complications with sleep apnea. But sleep apnea can also increase your risk of serious medical problems like heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Sleep apnea causes your oxygen saturation levels to decrease. This puts your body in distress and increases your blood pressure while you sleep.
Sleep apnea symptoms
If you have heard of sleep apnea before, you probably associate it with snoring. It’s true that snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea, but it’s possible to have sleep apnea and not to snore. Here are a few things to watch for if you’re concerned you or a loved one is struggling with sleep apnea:
- Waking up gasping for air (In severe sleep apnea cases, people will experience pauses in breathing for as much as 100 times an hour)
- Day time (This is especially troubling for those who work in transportation)
Treating Your Sleep Apnea
Clearwater Dental Associates aims to stay at the forefront of dentistry. Sleep apnea treatment is actually new in dentistry. We dentists first started by treating sleep apnea with what is known as a CPAP machine. This machine constantly pushing air into the airway while your sleep. It’s extremely common today, but the problem is that many patients can’t stand the CPAP. It only has a 50 percent compliance rate. That’s why we have begun offering a special oral appliance to help patients reduce their sleep apnea symptoms. The oral appliance fits over the bottom teeth, and it WILL NOT disrupt you or your sleep partner.
Partner with Clearwater Dental Associates in Clearwater FL
The dental team at Clearwater Dental Associates are experts in resolving major dental problems. We love working with patients of all ages, too. Treating sleep apnea is just way we can help ensure our Clearwater residents are healthy. Give us a call today at 727-800-3489, or use the online form to book an appointment.