If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above, we recommend you schedule an appointment with Dr. Spaniel. Believe it or not, many of the signs of sleep apnea appear in the mouth first. For instance, one sign of sleep apnea is tooth grinding (bruxism). Chronic tooth grinding causes wear and tear on the teeth, which can be easily detected during a routine dental exam.
If Dr. Spaniel suspects you have sleep apnea, she can recommend you to a sleep specialist. Sleep apnea is diagnosed through a sleep study. During a sleep study, a device will record your breathing pattern, brain activity, eye movements, heart rate and snoring while you sleep. The sleep specialist will evaluate the information to determine whether you have sleep apnea.
Modern treatment options for sleep apnea include wearing an oral appliance, which Dr. Spaniel can fit you for. Oral appliances are sleek and portable devices (designed similarly to a mouth guard) that work to keep the airway passages open for unobstructed breathing. Many patients prefer oral appliances because they are small, light and, unlike CPAP machines, do not make any noise, undoubtedly increasing their chances of a good night’s rest.
If you suspect you have sleep apnea, schedule an appointment with Summerwood Family Dental. Dr. Spaniel would be happy to discuss your symptoms and possible treatment options. Contact our office by calling or emailing our office today.