Sleep apnea, one of the most common disorders, happens when a person’s airway completely collapses, temporarily cutting off breathing.
Reduced sleep quality negatively affects almost all areas of a person’s life. Sleep apnea’s interrupted breathing may even be life-threatening.
It also can contribute to chronic fatigue, strokes, high blood pressure, and heart attack.
After a pause in breath, many people jolt awake, their airway opens, and they immediately fall back asleep. They feel tired in the morning but are unaware of their disturbed sleep pattern.
Sometimes snoring may not even be one of your symptoms. Sleep Dentistry of Portland can help by using an in-home device to monitor your sleep and pre-screen you for sleep apnea symptoms.
In the state of Oregon, dentists cannot diagnose sleep apnea. If you believe you have sleep apnea, we recommend you see a sleep health specialist or have a sleep study performed.
Sleep Apnea and Snoring Treatment
An oral appliance is one way to treat sleep apnea and also minimize regular snoring. Placed in your mouth, the custom-fitted appliance is worn during sleep and keeps your throat’s structure from interfering with the passage of air.
The TAP appliance can deliver incredible improvement in minimal time. With its use, patients typically experience higher oxygen (SpO2) levels as the norm instead of an exception. With fewer instances of low oxygen saturation, the TAP minimizes interruptions to your healthy sleep cycle.
Take a look at these before and after photos to see an example of how a TAP device can dramatically improve SpO2 levels and treat sleep apnea.
The TAP device offered by Sleep Dentistry of Portland is effective but may not be the best treatment for all cases of sleep apnea.
Some patients may seek surgeries to remove throat tissue or use a CPAP machine and mask that mechanically creates air pressure to keep their airway open.
Having surgeries is not a guaranteed solution. Many patients struggle to maintain consistent, nightly CPAP use, especially with travel. It is estimated that only 30% of people continue to use their CPAP long term.
Treating sleep apnea can lead to consistent, quality sleep and help alleviate related health problems, such as:
- Sudden death
- Increased risk of heart attack
- Chest pain
- Interrupted breathing
- High blood pressure
- Persistent tiredness
- Weight gain
- Poor attention
- Diminished productivity
10 Life-Saving Questions
Sleep Dentistry of Portland can’t treat sleep apnea and the side effects of poor sleep unless you know about it.
Ask yourself these ten questions to learn more. Three or more “Yes” answers mean you should seek further evaluation for sleep apnea. Five or six “Yes” answers indicate a high chance that you have sleep-disordered breathing.
1. Do you snore? Yes / No
2. Has anyone including yourself observed you stop breathing or gasp during sleep? Yes / No
3. Do you rarely wake up refreshed? Yes / No
4. Do you doze off easily? Yes / No
5. Do you ever wake up out of breath, gasping, or coughing? Yes / No
6. Are you a restless sleeper? Yes / No
7. Do you ever have indigestion or acid reflux? Yes / No
8. Do you have headaches or jaw pain? Yes / No
9. Do you have or ever had in the past high blood pressure? Yes / No
10. Do you ever have night sweats? Yes / No