Sleep Apnea Dentistry in Carrboro, NC
Sleep apnea is a condition where someone repeatedly stops breathing while they’re sleeping due to a blocked airway or a lack of signals between the brain and breathing muscles. When breathing is interrupted, the brain may not get enough oxygen, which can not only lead to poor performance and concentration during daily activities but also serious health concerns, such as high blood pressure, heart failure, and diabetes.
At Milltown Family Dentistry, we can help treat sleep apnea using oral appliance therapy. You can go back to more restful nights and recharged days, and you can help prevent further health complications from occurring.Make Appointment
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
As its name suggest, sleep apnea occurs while you are sleeping so it can sometimes be difficult to determine whether or not you have the condition. There are, however, some symptoms of sleep apnea that show during the day or while you’re awake that you can look out for:
- Waking up due to shortness of breath/gasping for air
- Dry mouth or sore throat
- Excessive sleepiness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Irritability or mood changes
Otherwise, your partner or others close to you may notice these symptoms while you sleep:
- Loud snoring
- Cessation of breathing
- Restless sleep
Although not everyone who snores is diagnosed with sleep apnea, snoring is one of the most common signs. If you notice you have any of the symptoms listed above, please contact our office so we can bring you in for diagnosis and plan the best treatment for your sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Solutions
There are different sleep apnea solutions depending on the type and severity of your sleep disorder. If you are looking for an alternative to a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, there are dental appliances available that resemble a mouthguard. The oral appliance will position your lower jaw forward so that your airway is kept open. Many patients find that these are a more comfortable and more convenient treatment method.
While there are some oral appliances available over-the-counter, going to a dental professional for sleep apnea treatment ensures that you’re getting a device with the best fit and most effective results. At Milltown Family Dentistry, Dr. Ben Lambeth is trained in sleep apnea oral appliance therapy. We can help you treat your sleep apnea!