Sleep apnea doesn’t just rob you of much-needed rest. It’s been linked to serious health problems like stroke, heart conditions, and diabetes. If you rarely get a good night’s sleep, you could have sleep apnea. If you do, our dentists can fit you for a custom oral appliance that may solve the problem so you can once again rest easy. To discuss snoring disorder with our dental team, call Stonecreek Dental Care at 877-959-5405 for a free sleep apnea treatment consultation.
Find Help for Loud, Dangerous Snoring
If you snore, or have been previously diagnosed with sleep apnea, it may be time for an evaluation. Snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea, which is a very serious condition. Even if you’ve been prescribed a CPAP, there are likely newer, more modern treatment options available to you, like oral appliance therapy. If your current methods just aren’t cutting it, it’s time to call our office.
Home Test for Sleep Apnea
We evaluate your health history and examine you to help determine if you have sleep apnea. We can also provide you with a testing device that you can use in the comfort of your own home so you won’t need to go to a sleep center.
It fits around your chest and measures your breathing and other activity. You simply wear the device for two nights, then mail it to a home sleep testing company.
A team of experts, including a board-certified physician, review the data from the device to make a diagnosis. Many insurance plans cover the home sleep study. Our partner testing company will verify your benefits and let you know if you’ll pay any out-of-pocket cost.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when your tongue or tissues block the back of your throat, obstructing your airway. The oxygen level in your brain drops and you partially awaken to clear your airway, often gasping for breath. Some sleep apnea sufferers experience pauses in breathing as many as hundreds of times a night.
Common sleep apnea symptoms are:
- Feeling tired, even after a full night’s sleep
- Waking with a sore, dry throat
- Loud, frequent snorin
Treating Sleep Apnea with an Oral Appliance
Many sleep apnea sufferers wear a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, which sends air pressure through a hose and face mask to keep your airway clear. But many people find CPAPs uncomfortable and end up sleeping without them.
We can fit you for a custom oral appliance that will gently move your jaw forward, keeping your airway open while you sleep.
We may also recommend proper sleep hygiene tips, including weight loss, sleep position, and avoiding alcohol and sedatives.