We all know how great it feels to get a good night of sleep, but it may come as a surprise to learn just how important rest is to your health! A quality night of sleep plays a crucial role in leading a healthy and happy life; mood, performance, and health can all be adversely affected by sleep deprivation.
At Blue Ridge Dentistry, we believe in a holistic approach to wellness, and that’s why we’re proud to offer treatment for sleep apnea; let us help you achieve the restful sleep you deserve! Read below to learn more about the condition and how our Boone, NC team can help you manage it.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder characterized by interruptions in breathing during sleep. These interruptions, called apneas, can last anywhere from a few seconds to minutes and may occur hundreds of times during a single night. There are three primary types of sleep apnea:
- Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): This is the most prevalent type of sleep apnea, which occurs due to the collapse of soft tissues at the back of the throat during sleep.
- Central sleep apnea (CSA): This less common form of sleep apnea is caused by the brain failing to send appropriate signals to the muscles responsible for controlling breathing during sleep.
- Complex sleep apnea syndrome: Also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, this type is a combination of both OSA and CSA.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Being aware of the common symptoms associated with sleep apnea is crucial for early detection and treatment. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Loud, persistent snoring
- Choking, gasping, or snorting sounds during sleep
- Frequent pauses in breathing while asleep
- Excessive daytime sleepiness or fatigue
- Waking up with headaches or a dry mouth
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep (insomnia)
- Irritability, mood swings, or depression
- Trouble concentrating or memory problems
Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
At Blue Ridge Dentistry, we offer in-depth sleep apnea consultations to discuss your symptoms, medical history, and risk factors. Our experienced providers are also equipped to evaluate the potential presence of sleep apnea during routine dental exams. By taking x-rays and conducting a thorough examination, we can identify excess tissue in the neck or throat that may indicate the likelihood of sleep apnea.
Treating Sleep Apnea
Addressing sleep apnea is essential to prevent a number of health complications—including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and mental disorders. A wide range of treatment options is available, from lifestyle modifications to medical devices and surgical interventions.
If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to severe health problems, diminished quality of life, and even life-threatening situations.
Silent Nite® Appliance
While CPAP machines are typically cited as the primary method of treatment for sleep apnea, our practice is proud to provide a less invasive alternative. The Silent Nite appliance uses a custom-fabricated oral device to treat mild to moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea. The appliance functions by gently advancing the lower jaw forward, which in turn opens the airway and enables uninterrupted breathing during sleep.
Our team at Blue Ridge Dentistry are committed to ensuring a perfect fit for maximum comfort and efficacy while monitoring your condition throughout the treatment process.
The Rest You Need, The Care You Deserve
Your health and well-being are of paramount importance to us at Blue Ridge Dentistry. Our team is dedicated to providing patients with comprehensive information about their condition and ongoing support to ensure optimal outcomes. We want you to thrive, and we’re here to help you achieve the restful sleep you need to live your best life. Don’t let sleep apnea hinder your path to wellness—contact our office today to schedule a consultation!