Sleep apnea is a problem that prevents people who suffer from it, and their partners, from getting a good night of sleep. Eliminating sleep apnea does not have to involve going through surgery thanks to new advances in dental technology. Instead, you can get an oral device that is customized to the shape of your mouth to prevent the symptoms of sleep apnea.
In order to be given the oral device that will prevent sleep apnea, you will first have to go through a sleep study in order to diagnose your sleep apnea accurately. This is conducted with a board certified sleep medicine physician at an AASM certified sleep center. Once diagnosed, you will work with Dr. Darren Flowers to have a device fitted specifically for your mouth and your needs. Worn every night, you should be able to enjoy a better night of sleep and face your life with renewed vigor. The device works by keeping the airway from collapsing by moving the jaw into a forward position or by holding your tongue in position.
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Sleep apnea is not only troublesome because it causes you to lose sleep and have days or weeks in which you are exhausted, but it can actually be life threatening. Those who suffer from sleep apnea are known to stop breathing for periods of time while sleeping. No oxygen can get into the lungs, causing the body to go into emergency mode in which the patient gasps for breath. If the body is too exhausted to go into this emergency mode, the patient may never wake up. Wearing an oral sleep apnea device can help to prevent this from happening.
Other than being able to save your life, you will notice you are getting more restful sleep while you are wearing the oral sleep apnea device. Those who live with someone who suffers from sleep apnea will also start sleeping better, because there will be less noise at night. They will worry less about the health and safety of their significant other. Once fabricated and used, you may notice an improvement in mental acuity as well as your performance in everyday activities.
There is no better way to get an oral sleep apnea device in Anthem, Ariz., than from Dr. Darren Flowers. With experience in the dental industry since 1995, he has been providing dental patients with the help they need to have a better smile and a better night of sleep. Dedicated to providing you the finest in oral care, Dr. Darren Flowers has a staff just as dedicated to your oral needs as he is. Together, these professionals work hard to make sure you are given the comfortable and friendly attention you deserve when going to the dentist. Dr. Darren Flowers looks forward to assisting you with your sleep apnea disorder, so you can start sleeping better at night.
Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder that affects an estimated of 50-70 million people in the United States. The disorder is characterized by long pauses in breathing or shallow breathing while asleep. Each pause is known as an apnea episode, and in severe cases can last up for a few minutes. Shallow breathing episodes are known as hypopnea, and often occur in between apnea episodes. This disorder can be very severe, and can cause other health issues to form.
There are three types of sleep apnea disorder: obstructive, central, and mixed sleep apnea. Each type has their own set of symptoms and risk factors, but each type is characterized by apnea and hypopnea episodes.
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea, and occurs most frequently in people with low muscle mass around their airway. Low muscle tone can occur if the patient is overweight, or if they are active smokers. During sleep, patients with this type of sleep apnea snore loudly, are very restless, and can experience 5-30 apnea episodes per hour. Patients who exhibit symptoms of this disorder should see a sleep specialist in order to get diagnosed and treated very quickly. If left untreated, patients will develop a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, heart arrhythmias, diabetes and stroke. Patients who have a BMI >30, who are diabetic, smokers, or above the age of 65 do have an increased risk of developing this type of sleep apnea.
Central sleep apnea is a neurological disorder that can affect anyone. It occurs when the respiratory control centers in the brain begin to malfunction, causing the patient to have apnea episodes at night. Patients who have this disorder have an imbalance in their neurological feedback mechanism that allows them to breathe normally while in sleep states. Their feedback mechanism will not react quickly during hours of sleep, and this causes the patient to stop breathing for periods of time at night. Patients with this disorder have an increased risk of seizures and heart attacks. In worst-case scenarios, patients can even die in their sleep due to the prolonging of their episodes.
Mixed apnea is a combination of both obstructive and central sleep apnea. Patients who have severe obstructive sleep apnea often develop central apnea overtime. For this reason, it is extremely important to undergo treatment for obstructive sleep apnea so that central apnea cannot arise. However, patients who do develop symptoms of central apnea, usually have very little episodes of central apnea, and will mostly exhibit more signs of obstructive apnea. They will only experience episodes of central apnea after patients have undergone prolonged CPAP therapy for their obstructive sleep apnea. Fortunately though, patients with mixed apnea experience central apnea episodes very rarely, and they are self-limiting.
In order to receive the correct treatment for sleep apnea the first step is to get a proper diagnosis. A diagnosis is based off of an evaluation of a patient’s symptoms and the results of a sleep study. During a formal sleep study patients will sleep overnight at a sleep clinic while doctors and technicians measure a patient’s brain activity, eye movements, heart rhythm and muscle activity. The results will allow doctors to see exactly how many apnea episodes a patient has per night, and will also give them information on a patient’s overall health while they are sleeping. Oximetry can also be used to diagnose sleep apnea. It is often performed in the comfort of the patient’s home, and measures the patient’s oxygen levels throughout the night. This test can be performed over numerous nights to gain an insight on the average number of apnea and hypopnea episodes a person has per night.
Fortunately for patients, there are a variety of treatment options for sleep apnea. The first treatment that doctors will try is often behavioral therapy. This involves the patient trying to lose weight if necessary, avoiding alcohol and avoiding sleeping pills. In mild cases of sleep apnea, behavioral therapy is often enough.
In moderate to severe cases of sleep apnea, medications such as muscle relaxers or medications that increase respiration can be utilized. Other options for moderate to severe cases include using an oral appliance. The most common oral appliance for sleep apnea is a CPAP machine. This machine will force air into the patient’s respiratory tract at night to prevent apnea episodes. If none of these options work, then there are surgical options available for very severe cases.