Do I Have Sleep Apnea?
- July 18, 2018
Fuller Dental in Burlington, NC offers oral appliance therapy as a solution for patients with obstructive sleep apnea. We create custom designed oral appliances as an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. To learn more, visit Fuller Dental.
Sleep apnea is a serious health concern that can impact your quality of life if left untreated. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, which is described as a collapsing of the soft tissue in the back of the throat; when the tissue of the back of the throat collapses, it restricts the airflow. The lack of oxygen can affect major organs in the body and may have lasting effects on your health if not properly treated. Patients with sleep apnea may experience loud snoring, pauses in breathing during sleep, or routinely wake up gasping for air.
If you suspect you or a loved one has sleep apnea, it is crucial that you visit a specialist for an appropriate diagnosis. At Fuller Dental we offer effective treatment for sleep apnea. Oral appliance therapy can be a successful, comfortable solution for patients with obstructive sleep apnea.
Common Signs of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a common health concern; however, most patients don’t realize they have sleep apnea until they visit a sleep specialist. There is a wide range of sleep apnea symptoms that patients may notice. If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule a visit with a sleep disorder specialists.
- Loud snoring
- Gasping for ait during sleep
- Groggy and tired throughout the day
- Difficulty concentrating
- Headaches or migraines, especially in the morning
- Waking up with a sore throat or dry mouth
Patients with sleep apnea may experience one or more of the symptoms listed above. Visit a specialist to receive a diagnosis and the treatment you need to improve your quality of sleep.
Treating Sleep Apnea in Burlington, NC
The CPAP machine is commonly used to treat patients with sleep apnea. However, oral appliance therapy has also been proven to effectively and comfortably treat patients with sleep apnea.
Our team at Fuller Dental creates custom fit oral sleep appliances in our Burington dental office. An oral appliance is similar to a mouthguard and is worn at night to reduce symptoms associated with sleep apnea. The oral sleep guard repositions the jaw, allowing for air to flow freely.
As an Active member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Dr. Peterson stays up to date on the current methods and treatment in sleep apnea and other sleep disorder. Dr. Peterson can work with you to find the right solution for your needs. Our team works closely with each of our patients to deliver the care they need. To learn more about your treatment options, visit Fuller Dental or request an appointment online.