Sleep Apnea is a common yet problematic disorder. There are various options available for helping, the least invasive of which can be done through your dentist. Dr. Haigney, of Lake Norman Oral and Facial Surgery, can create a customized mouthpiece that will bring your lower jaw forward, forcing your tongue slightly out, making a larger air passage, while you sleep. Your entire health is important to us, including getting the rest you need.
What is sleep apnea?People with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have a continuous disrupted sleep pattern, along with that, frequent dips in low blood oxygen levels. Often associated with snoring because snoring is a sign of an obstructed airway, it is the sudden stop in breathing that is the highest concern. Patients will stop breathing, and once oxygen levels in your brain dips, the patient then wakens enough to gasp for air. Patients with sleep apnea may be doing this several times a night and not even be aware of it, though the signs are present.
In most situations a partner is the first to spot the signs of sleep apnea. If you suspect you may have it, talk to Dr. Haigney, he can help look for the signs and diagnose if treatment is needed.
Sleep Apnea signsIf you suspect you may be suffering with sleep apnea, look for the the following signs:
If you are experiencing repeated cycles of decreased oxygenation, it could lead to very serious cardiovascular problems. Additionally, these individuals suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness, depression, and loss of concentration.
How can I treat sleep apnea?The first step in treatment resides in recognition of the symptoms and seeking appropriate consultation. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, including Dr. Haigney, offer consultation and treatment options. Following a detailed medical history, we can work with you to assess possible anatomic relationships in the maxillofacial region. Taking an x-ray of your skull, we can determine the level of obstruction. In addition, a naso-pharyngeal exam can be done using a flexible fiber-optic camera to confirm if there is a cardiovascular compromise or decreased oxygenation levels. In some situations, a sleep study may be recommended to study a patient while they sleep.
There are less invasive and more invasive options available in treating sleep apnea. It may be a long path, but it is always recommended to start small and work your way up to the right fit. Dr. Haigney can help in making decisions that will work best for your situation.
Our team at Lake Norman Oral and Facial Surgery are here to answer your questions sleep apnea both in diagnosing the signs, and making treatment decisions. Raymond J. Haigney II, DDS, is a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, as an Oral Surgeon, he has completed extra years in coursework and time in clinic working on the latest advancements in dentistry. His education is ongoing for the benefit of his patients. To schedule a consultation, contact his front office staff at our Huntersville, NC 28078 office. (704) 255-5888