Sleep Apnea Diagnosis & Treatment
At Clover Hills Dental in Surrey, we offer treatment options to help individuals with sleep apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Breathing pauses can last anywhere from several seconds to minutes, and happen as often as 30 times or more per hour.
Sensing this imbalance, the brain sends a message to the body, telling it to wake up to restart breathing the process.
People with sleep apnea will partially awake as they struggle to breathe, and this is often accompanied by loud snoring or choking sensations.
Because people with sleep apnea don’t always completely awake during the episodes, they are often unaware they have a sleeping disorder and it can remain undiagnosed.
Common signs of obstructive sleep apnea can include severe early morning headaches, sleepiness in the daytime, and insomnia.
Fortunately, the dentist is equipped with the necessary technology and expertise to treat sleep apnea in several different ways.
Why Treating Sleep Apnea is Important
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissue lying at the back of the patient’s throat collapses into the airway.
The tongue then falls towards the back of the throat which tightens the blockage and prevents oxygen from entering the lungs.
The efforts they make to obtain vital oxygen only cause a further tightening of the blockage.
The patient must arouse from deep sleep to tense the tongue and remove the soft tissue from the airway.
What Does Sleep Apnea Treatment Involve?
The dentist can offer many different treatment options which depend largely on the exact diagnosis and the health of the patient.
The dentist may advise the patient to halt some habits that aggravate sleep apnea such as smoking, alcohol consumption, and tranquilizer use.
These dental devices are gentle, easy to wear, and often help patients avoid unwanted surgeries.
The dentist needs to formally make a diagnosis of each individual case before recommending the best course of action.