Snoring & Sleep Apnea Treatment

Snoring & Sleep Apnea

Kari Ryan Dentistry

Always Snoring? Talk to Our Sleep Apnea Dentist

Our sleep apnea appliance could save your life

Do you snore? Has your bed partner ever pushed you awake because you make such a racket? It might be time you talked to our sleep apnea dentist! Snoring is a nuisance and can disrupt both your and your bed partner’s sleep – but it could also be a sign of sleep apnea.

Why Snoring Is Actually a Big Deal

Snoring may be common, but that doesn’t make it normal or ok. Snoring is a warning that something is not right and occurs when the tissues of the throat are so lax or narrowed that air cannot pass through normally. This decreases the aMt. of air to the lungs, the heart has to work harder, and quality sleep is interrupted. And if that interference with healthy living isn’t enough, check this out: Snoring is also the primary symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a sleep-related breathing disorder that prevents airflow during sleep.

Your sleep apnea dentist will show you how breathing issues occur when the tongue and surrounding tissues collapse to the back of the throat, blocking the airway. This can cause a person to stop breathing for long periods of time, sometimes hundreds of times a night. And when your brain realizes your body isn’t getting enough oxygen, it causes you to startle awake, usually with a loud gasp, to reopen the airway.

That means that not only do you stop breathing hundreds of times a night, you are also waking up over and over and over. The double whammy of sleep and oxygen deprivation is a dangerous one and has been linked to a vast array of health and safety issues, not least of which is drowsy driving. According to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, drowsy driving is as dangerous as drunk driving. Each year, drowsy drivers cause at least 100,000 accidents; many of these are fatal.

It is estimated that 22 million people in the United States have sleep apnea…and they are all at risk for a variety of health problems and discomforts, including:

  • Daytime sleepiness and chronic fatigue
  • Dry mouth
  • Sore throat
  • Memory/concentration difficulties
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Acid reflux
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Atrial fibrillation and other abnormal heart rhythms
  • High blood pressure
  • Chronic heart failure
  • Weight gain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Strokes, including silent or mini-strokes
  • Worsening ADHD
  • Dementia
  • Asthma and other breathing difficulties
  • Liver disease
  • Low oxygen levels
  • Abnormal cholesterol
  • Sudden death

Clearly, sleep apnea is nothing to ignore!

Why risk your health? Schedule a comprehensive screening, including

a sleep apnea assessment today!

How Your Sleep Apnea
Dentist Can Help

We screen all of our patients because we don’t want anyone in Mt. Pleasant to be at risk for this silent but deadly syndrome! Our team is specially trained to uncover signs and symptoms of sleep apnea, so even if you don’t realize you have it, we may be able to detect it.

If we do notice telltale symptoms or your bed partner confirms that you snore and gasp at night, we will order a sleep study for you through one of our trusted sleep doctors. We also offer a variety of snoring cessation and sleep apnea appliances.

These oral appliances are great for anyone who is unable to tolerate a CPAP machine, needs something smaller to travel with, or has mild enough sleep apnea that they can find relief without more invasive treatments. The sleep apnea appliances are comfortable, small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, and most importantly, improve your health!