If your snore or gasp while asleep, it may be a symptom of sleep apnea. Dr. Kerry Taylor provides treatment for sleep apnea in Chandler, Arizona, to help you keep your airways open while asleep and get the rest you need. Our office works with a local sleep center in Chandler to ensure that you are receiving the care you need to improve your health and quality of life. We welcome you to contact Chandler Dental Excellence today at 480.389.2452 for more information about sleep apnea and to schedule a visit with our dentist.
Sleep apnea is a sleep breathing disorder characterized by interruptions and pauses in breathing during sleep. These interruptions are usually caused by obstructions in the airway, such as the tongue rolling back in the throat or collapsed tissues in the airway, and may occur multiple times each night. Some common signs of sleep apnea include:
- Extreme drowsiness during the day
- Personality changes and irritability
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Waking up with a dry or sore throat
- Frequent morning headaches
- Difficult concentrating and memory impairment
When untreated, sleep apnea can contribute to a number of serious medical conditions, including:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Liver problems
- Obesity and problems with your digestive system
- Respiratory problems
- Problems with your immune system
- Depression and other behavioral disorders
For this reason, we recommend that you seek treatment as soon as possible if you suspect that you or a loved one may have sleep apnea. Our practice works with a local sleep center to diagnose sleep apnea and ensure that you can receive the care you need.
The type of treatment you receive will depend on the severity of your condition. For example, a mild to moderate case of sleep apnea can usually be managed with oral appliance therapy, while more severe cases may require a CPAP machine or surgical intervention. Our office provides oral appliance therapy using SomnoDent® oral appliances. These oral appliances are custom-designed to fit your mouth perfectly, working to keep your airways open and unobstructed so that you can breathe easily.
SomnoDent oral appliances work by advancing your lower jaw slightly forward, tightening the soft tissues and muscles of the upper airway so that they do not vibrate or collapse and obstruct your airway. This allows you to enjoy a safe and soundless sleep while receiving the regular flow of oxygen you need to remain healthy.
To schedule a consultation with our dentist and learn more about oral appliance therapy and sleep apnea, please contact our office today. We are dedicated to improving your health and quality of life.