What is Sleep Apnea?
This common sleeping condition occurs when a patient's breathing is interrupted throughout the night. Obstructions such as the tongue can form a partial or complete blockage of the airway. Sleep apnea is known to cause:
- Increased risk of high blood pressure
- Increased risk of heart attack and stroke
- Reduced quality of sleep and the constant feeling of tiredness
- Increased risk of diabetes
The long-term health risks of sleep apnea are severe and should not be ignored.
How Can A Dentist Help?
Two standard treatment options for patients with sleep apnea include CPAP machines and oral devices.
CPAP machines may be required for severe cases of sleep apnea. However, for moderate cases, dental appliances can help limit the effects of sleep apnea and help return a regular night's rest to a patient.
Your local Beachwood, OH dentist can help patients suffering from sleep apnea by providing dental appliances that can suppress tongue movement or help hold open the airway.
These devices are small and portable, unlike a CPAP machine. They are also more comfortable for the user and provide a more appealing alternative for many people with mild sleep apnea. Additionally, patients may choose to travel with their appliance and use their CPAP machine at home. The oral appliance packs easily in luggage.
To determine if a patient is a good candidate for a dental appliance to improve sleep apnea, they will need a check-up in our dental office. Your sleep dentist in Beachwood wants to ensure that appliance therapy is sufficient for the level or type of apnea.
Contact Our Dentist Office in Beachwood, OH Today!
If you suffer from sleep apnea and want to learn more about how the team at Beachwood Smiles can help improve your health and the quality of your sleep, contact our dentist office today at (216) 292-9920 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Yoav Taub, DDS!