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What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea causes your breathing to stop and start several times during sleep. The most common form of this condition is obstructive sleep apnea. If ignored, it can lead to more serious health problems.
Signs and symptoms of sleep apnea
Waking up tired and feeling fatigued during the day
Waking up gasping
Teeth getting spaced apart
Lower teeth getting crowded
Accidental biting of tongue or cheeks
Sleep apnea was making her depressed and anxious.
A young girl with “teeth that looked really crooked” came with her mom. She confirmed our fears that she was always exhausted with morning headaches, and her mom added that the girl was depressed and anxious. We confirmed that the problem was airway-related and offered effective solutions.
Low-quality sleep increases your risk of developing depression and anxiety and makes you vulnerable to Alzheimer’s.
Sleep apnea was cracking her teeth.
The patient was having difficulty biting her teeth together. She had worn down and cracked teeth and had seen many specialists with no luck.
Clenching and grinding are related to sleep apnea when the body struggles to breathe. This can generate three times more force while we sleep, causing teeth to shift or crowd over each other. It can break fillings, dislodge crowns, or wear or crack teeth.
We explained that we could fix her teeth for more comfort, but she would have to sort out the airway issue for permanent relief.
Diagnosing sleep apnea
Comprehensive questionnaire to determine underlying sleep disorders
Head, neck, and intra-oral exam, including 3D CBCT scan of jaws and intra-oral digital scans of mouth and teeth
Tongue, throat, and inner cheek inspections
Home sleep study
Our Myofunctional Therapist determines what facial muscles are weak and need strengthening for healthy breathing.
Review all information with the team that includes an airway-driven dentist and sleep medicine physician.
Follow-up consultation to discuss findings and review treatment options.
Don’t getstuck with a CPAP machine.
A CPAP machine is an option but not always the best choice.
Follow-up assessments ensure the appliance is working.
Oral appliances hold the jaw in a more forward position, keeping the airway open while you sleep. They are easy to use and comfortable.
Types of oral sleep appliances:
Those that control sleep apnea and must be used for life.
Those that control sleep apnea while stimulating upper jaw bone growth to permanently open the airway after 12 to 24 months
If you seek relief from sleep apnea and similar disorders in Canton, Ohio,