The National Sleep Foundation estimates that approximately 1 in every 15 Americans have some sort of sleep apnea. People with sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep meaning their brain and body don’t get enough oxygen. The seasoned dental staff at Marmalade Dentistry in Salt Lake City, Utah, can help treat your sleep apnea symptoms using a variety of oral appliances. For specific questions about sleep apnea, book your appointment online or call the office today.
Sleep apnea can be a serious sleeping disorder in which you can stop breathing hundreds of times per night causing disturbances in your sleep and reduced oxygen levels circulating your body.
Because sleep is crucial to being able to function throughout the day, sleep apnea can cause other health problems, such as:
Sleep apnea causes sudden drops in blood oxygen levels dozens of times every night, which lead to an increase in blood pressure and strain on your cardiovascular system. This puts you at an increased risk of having a recurrent heart attack, stroke, or heart arrhythmias.
The two types of sleep apnea are:
Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain doesn’t send signals to your muscles to breathe. This can cause snoring, headaches, and shortness of breath while asleep.
This is the more common type of sleep apnea. It occurs when your muscles relax during sleep, leading to the collapse of the soft tissue in the back of your throat which block your breathing airway. As soon as this happens, your brain signals for you to wake up so you can breathe again.
Once a sleep physician diagnoses you with sleep apnea, the dental staff at Marmalade Dentistry can examine your oral health to see if your teeth, gums, and temporomandibular joint are healthy. Once it's determined you have no issues with your facial structures, the provider can help you start oral appliance therapy.
While the dental staff don’t diagnose sleep apnea, they can help you treat your symptoms and improve the quality of your life.
The two main oral appliances are:
This device uses suction to hold your tongue in place keeping it from rolling back into your throat.
MAD’s are similar to mouth guards, and help project your mandible forward while you sleep. This alters your tongue and jaw position preventing your throat muscles from collapsing into your airway.
If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea and would like to start using an oral appliance to help manage your symptoms, call Marmalade Dentistry today or schedule your appointment online.