Sleep Apnea Specialist

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Leesville Dental Studio

Dentistry located in Raleigh, NC

Did you know that over 8 million American adults have sleep apnea, according to the National Sleep Foundation? If you’re dealing with sleep apnea, the experienced team at Leesville Dental Studio in Raleigh, North Carolina, offers intraoral devices, patient education, and more to help you gain more control over your condition. It’s important to the compassionate team that you get the refreshing deep sleep to improve your quality of life. Call Leesville Dental Studio or schedule online to discuss sleep apnea and the available treatments.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a medical condition where your breathing repeatedly stops and starts while you sleep. Sleep apnea can stop you from reaching the beneficial deeper stages of your sleep cycle.

People of all ages can have sleep apnea and there are three different types, including:

Obstructive sleep apnea

When you have obstructive sleep apnea, your throat muscles like your tongue and soft palate relax temporarily. This narrows or closes your airway and impairs your breathing.

Without enough air supply, it can reduce the amount of oxygen present in your blood. Your brain jolts you awake from your sleep so you can open your airway. These sleep disruptions can happen numerous times a night. Usually from five to 30 times each hour or more and you might not even remember it.

Central sleep apnea

Central sleep apnea involves improper communication between your brain and the muscles controlling your breathing.

Complex sleep apnea syndrome

When you have both central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea it’s referred to as complex sleep apnea syndrome.

What causes sleep apnea?

There isn’t always a definitive cause of sleep apnea and various risk factors might be at play, such as:

  • Aging
  • Obesity
  • Alcohol and sedatives
  • Allergies and nasal congestion
  • Smoking
  • A narrowed airway

Sleep apnea occurs more commonly in men.

How is sleep apnea treated?

Leesville Dental Studio offers various treatments to help manage sleep apnea and improve your lifestyle, including intraoral devices and patient education.

Different types of intraoral devices are available and most fit into your mouth like an orthodontic retainer or a sports mouthguard. Some intraoral devices can work slightly differently, but most support your jaw in a forward position to assist you in maintaining an open airway.

Dentists can also work closely with physicians to treat sleep apnea and snoring. During your visit to the Leesville Dental Studio, you’ll receive a complete clinical evaluation involving a thorough examination of your tongue, teeth, jaw, and airway, and any necessary testing, such as X-rays.

Your dentist customizes intraoral devices using physical or digital models and impressions of your teeth. The models are sent to a special dental lab where your appliance is constructed. You come back to the dental office for your fitting and you’ll also need to schedule follow up visits to assess how well your intraoral device therapy is working.

If you’re stuck finding solutions for sleep apnea, the right dental care can help you get the quality sleep you’ve been missing. Call Leesville Dental Studio or click to book online today.