sleep well and Smile Again
with sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea is one of the most common, yet under-diagnosed, conditions in America. It’s been estimated that more than 18 million adults suffer from some form of sleep apnea, meaning that almost 10% of the adult population suffers from this disorder. At Myrtle Grove Implant And Family Dentistry, we specialize in sleep apnea solutions for patients in South Wilmington, Monkey Junction, and Beau Rivage.
is more than a snore
Sleep apnea is often confused with snoring, but it’s much more than that. Snoring occurs when the flow of air into the airway is interrupted during sleep, and the soft tissues in the mouth and throat vibrate. In contrast, sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissue of the palate and throat completely block the airway. This blockage can prevent breathing for up to 10 seconds, and it can happen dozens of times per night, leading to a number of side effects and symptoms.
recognizing sleep apnea
signs and symptoms
Snoring is one of the most common signs of sleep apnea. Other symptoms include: Headaches upon waking in the morning, poor quality of sleep, daytime sleepiness and drowsiness, a sore or dry throat when waking, excessive restlessness, tossing, and turning at night, and waking in the middle of the night gasping or choking for air. Snoring alone is not enough to diagnose apnea. But if you recognize one or more of these signs in yourself or your partner, you should call us today to schedule a consultation.
treating sleep apnea
understanding your options
In some cases, simply making some lifestyle adjustments like losing weight and becoming more active can be enough to resolve minor cases of apnea, as obesity and inactivity are highly-correlated risk factors for this issue.
One of the oldest treatment methods for sleep apnea is known as a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine. Using an air pump and a mask, this device delivers a gentle flow of air into the airway, preventing the tissues from sagging, and treating apnea. A newer method of treatment is called an “oral appliance”. These devices look similar to retainers or night guards, and shift the jaw position slightly, to prevent tissue from sagging and blocking the airway during sleep.
get help for sleep apnea
contact myrtle grove implant & family dentistry
Dr. Nathan Graves has extensive experience diagnosing and treating sleep apnea with oral appliances. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to poor-quality sleep and a number of other side effects, like an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, due to poor blood oxygenation at night. Don’t wait to seek treatment! Contact us today at (910) 660-0123 to get started, or stop by our office near RiverLights and Carolina Beach. Our address is 5920 Carolina Beach Road, Suite #140, Wilmington, NC, 28412.