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Sleep Apnea

How Can Sleep Apnea Be Treated?

apneaAs we sleep, our tongue and the muscles in our throat tend to become very relaxed. In certain individuals, the tongue can become so relaxed that it drops back into the airway, sometimes creating too narrow of a breathing passage and blocking proper airflow. This can lead to loud snoring and/or pauses in breathing that may last 10 seconds or more, both of which are commonly attributed to sleep apnea – a condition that can result in a number of serious health risks if left unmanaged.

Thankfully, there are a variety of options that can be used to care for sleep apnea. Here at Scottsdale Smile Center, our dentists – Don Chiappetti, DDS and Jonathan Coombs, DMD – treat sleep apnea by fabricating customized mouth guards that help to keep your airway unobstructed throughout the night. Tailored to fit comfortably over your teeth, these innovative appliances are designed to ensure a good flow of air is maintained through both the oral and nasal passages as you sleep. By doing so, the harmful effects of sleep apnea can be greatly diminished, and you may once again be able to enjoy a deeper, more peaceful night’s sleep.

For more information about sleep apnea treatments, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Coombs or Dr. Chiappetti, please feel free to contact our practice today.

What Are the Risks of Sleep Apnea?

shutterstock_140916436 %281%29Sleep apnea is a relatively common condition often characterized by breathing pauses and loud snoring during sleep. In addition to these two symptoms, other signs of sleep apnea can include feeling short of breath after waking suddenly, gasping and/or snoring while asleep, unexplained fatigue throughout the day, and more. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to several health risks, such as:

  • Chronic tiredness
  • Morning headaches
  • Gastric reflux
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Memory loss
  • Heart disease
  • Cardiac death

Due to the potential seriousness of these health concerns, it is imperative that you consult a medical professional if you believe you or a loved one is suffering from sleep apnea. Here at Scottsdale Smile Center, Dr. Don Chiappetti and Dr. Jonathan Coombs have the necessary training and expertise to properly diagnose and treat sleep apnea with proven results. Following a comprehensive evaluation, they can determine whether or not sleep apnea is the cause of your symptoms, and they can develop a personalized treatment plan (often consisting of a custom-designed mouth guard) based on your unique needs.

For more information about the risks associated with sleep apnea, or if you wish to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists, please don’t hesitate to contact our practice today.

What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

shutterstock_130173548Are you or a loved one losing sleep at night and wondering if sleep apnea may be the cause? This relatively common, yet potentially serious condition is experienced by many individuals worldwide, and, if left untreated, it can lead to a number of significant health concerns. Some of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud, habitual snoring
  • Pauses in breathing while asleep
  • Waking up suddenly and feeling short of breath
  • Snorting and/or gasping for air while sleeping
  • Fatigue throughout the day, regardless of how much sleep you get

Additional, often secondary signs of sleep apnea may include:

  • Having a dry mouth and/or sore throat upon waking
  • Insomnia and/or frequent awakenings throughout the night
  • Unexplained irritability, forgetfulness, lack of concentration, and/or depression
  • Waking up with headaches in the morning

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these sleep apnea symptoms, it is strongly recommended that you consult a medical professional immediately. At Scottsdale Smile Center, our dentists – Dr. Coombs and Dr. Chiappetti – are highly experienced in diagnosing and treating sleep apnea for patients of all ages. Following a thorough consultation, they can determine if you are indeed suffering from sleep apnea, and if so, they can develop a customized treatment plan to help resolve the condition.
For more information, or if you would like to schedule an appointment at our practice, please contact Scottsdale Smile Center today.