Did you know that your dentist can help treat your sleep apnea? While not all dentists are trained in snoring and apnea diagnosis and treatments, Dr. Stephanie Paswaters helps patients suffering from this debilitating chronic condition right here at Emerald Dental in Lakewood CO. If you suspect that you’re suffering from apnea, be sure to bring this up during your next checkup!
Should I Tell My Dentist If I Have Sleep Apnea? Why Is It Dangerous?
Affecting between 18 million and 30 million Americans, chronic apnea is linked with poor sleep quality and reduced quality of life. It is also linked with heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and hypertension. What’s more, chronic poor sleep quality caused by apnea can put you at greater risk for driving and work-related accidents. These are the signs that you may not be breathing properly in your sleep:
- Pauses in breathing during sleep
- Choking during sleep
- Gasping during sleep
- Daytime fatigue
- Waking up feeling like you “haven’t slept at all”
- Waking up with headaches
- Memory loss
- Concentration issues
Most people discover that they have apnea because the people in their households tell them that they snore excessively, gasp, or wake up “choking” in the night. In some cases, your sleep could be disrupted countless times in the night without any awareness on your part. In people with obstructive apnea, the muscles that control the throat and tongue relax at night. As a result, the soft tissue at the back of the throat narrows or constricts your airway. This causes a very scary condition where you stop breathing in your sleep for several seconds.
How Do Dentists Treat Snoring and Apnea?
Dentists use oral appliance therapy to treat apnea and snoring. When you visit us here at Emerald Dental, we’ll conduct some noninvasive tests to see if apnea could be behind your troubling sleep experiences. Once your apnea is confirmed, you can have an oral appliance fitted for your mouth that resembles a retainer. By providing jaw support, this custom device prevents your airways from collapsing while you sleep. Not all dentists are qualified to provide dental appliances for apnea. Only dentists with the required training and certifications are permitted to practice dental sleep medicine.
How Do I See a Dentist for Sleep Apnea in Lakewood CO?
Practicing dentistry since 1995, Dr. Stephanie Paswaters became certified in dental sleep medicine in 2016. She is pleased to be able to offer custom appliances to help patients of Emerald Dental in Lakewood CO treat their disruptive apnea. If you’re struggling with snoring or sleep disturbances that are causing you to worry, Dr. Paswaters may be able to help you find relief through a custom device that allows you to maintain an open, unobstructed airway all through the night. For more information about how dentistry can help you manage apnea and snoring, please contact Emerald Dental to book your appointment.