WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a disease where there is blockage in the sleepers airflow, resulting in oxygen deprivation in the body and brain. Snoring is different than OSA in that the sleeper still breathes continuously, although very noisily.
It is important to note that when left untreated, snoring often progresses to this serious and fatal disease.
Failure of the upper and lower jaw to develop properly is a common cause of obstructive sleep apnea. This condition, called maxillary hypoplasia and/or mandibular retrognathia/retrusion, often results in a compromised upper airway.
A person suffering from OSA may stop breathing many times each night, repeatedly experiencing small suffocations which can last up to several minutes at a time. When carbon dioxide levels build up in the body and oxygen levels plummet, the brain signals the body to "wake up" in order to facilitate satisfactory breathing patterns.
People suffering from OSA may or may not wake up consciously. Many times the only indication of the brain's attempt to reboot the body is demonstrated by the abrupt choking, gasping or coughing for air during what might be considered a typical bout of snoring.
*If you feel like you may be suffering from OSA, please schedule a consultation with Dr. TerryLynn Tennant.
THE SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF SLEEP APNEA
DENTAL SLEEP APNEA TREATMENT
Traditional methods of treatment for sleep apnea typically consist of surgical procedures or the use of a cumbersome CPAP machine. Recent advances in technology have led to the development of dental sleep apnea treatments that can significantly reduce incidents of sleep apnea in individuals. These dental sleep apnea treatments are also much more cost-efficient and user-friendly than existing conventional sleep apnea treatment methods. At Aesthetic Smiles, our sleep apnea dentists are top-rated professionals with extensive experience in dental sleep apnea treatments. If you are having difficulty sleeping and suffering from sleep apnea, contact the sleep apnea dentists at Aesthetic Smiles.
EXPERIENCED SLEEP APNEA DENTISTS
The sleep apnea dentists at Aesthetic Smiles are here to help you overcome sleep apnea and the dangerous medical problems that it causes. Our dental sleep apnea treatments are carefully designed to suit the needs of each patient. With years of experience using dental sleep apnea treatments, our sleep apnea dentists collaborate with board certified sleep specialists to help you sleep better. We help treat sleep apnea patients all across Oregon, including:
SLEEP APNEA TREATMENT CENTER
As a leading sleep apnea treatment center servicing Portland, Oregon, and the surrounding areas, Aesthetic Smiles strives to provide solutions to sleep apnea problems in our patients. Our sleep apnea dentists will work diligently with you to determine the best course of action when treating your condition.
SNORING DENTAL TREATMENT CENTER
Oftentimes, excessive snoring will lead to the development of more severe sleep apnea. Because of this, it is crucial to address snoring as a significant factor for breathing problems while you sleep. Our sleep apnea dentists will work with you to determine how bad your snoring is and what treatment options or solutions are available. With the right dental professionals by your side, you will be able to overcome sleep apnea and enjoy long, restful sleep during the night.
ALTERNATIVE SLEEP APNEA TREATMENT
There are multiple treatment options for sleep apnea, and the right one for you is dependent on several factors. Dental sleep apnea treatments may work for one patient experiencing mild to moderate sleep apnea yet may not work as effectively with another individual. That is why it is crucial to contact the sleep apnea dentists at Aesthetic Smiles to receive an evaluation and treatment recommendations.
SURGERY TREATMENT FOR SLEEP APNEA
Due to the many factors that contribute to sleep apnea and the importance of finding an effective treatment for it, sometimes surgical sleep apnea treatments are advised. Our sleep apnea dentists will work with you to determine the best method to control snoring and sleep apnea. You will rest easy knowing that Aesthetic Smiles is working to provide you with a better night’s sleep.