Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a disruptive health problem that can lead to further breathing and heart issues. OSA is caused when the soft tissues in the back of the throat collapse, obstructing the airway. Patients who have sleep apnea can be more at risk of developing heart issues.
But did you know that your dentist can help treat sleep apnea? Dr. James Dickert and Dr. Agatha Lynn provide sleep apnea treatment to patients in Charleston, SC, and the surrounding areas. They can offer custom-made oral appliances to keep the airway clear and prevent sleep apnea. Below you can discover the common symptoms of OSA and learn how to manage your sleep apnea.
Signs of Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea can manifest through these symptoms:
- Loud snoring
- Morning headaches or migraines
- Dry mouth
- Breathing through the mouth
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Mood swings
Please contact us if you or a loved one have noticed these signs of sleep apnea. Treating sleep apnea early on can prevent these symptoms from leading to increased breathing or heart problems.
How to Treat Sleep Apnea
CPAP machines may be used for patients with moderate to severe sleep apnea. However, these machines can be bulky and loud for patients who have mild or moderate forms of sleep apnea. Oral appliances offer a portable and comfortable solution. Dr. Dickert or Dr. Lynn can fabricate custom oral appliances in their Charleston office. These oral appliances help keep the airway open so patients can have a restful night of sleep.
First, they will ask that you answer questions about your sleep apnea and symptoms. They will also examine your facial structure and occlusal system, or where your teeth make contact. Then, taking dental impressions of the teeth, Dr. Dickert or Dr. Lynn will create a custom oral appliance for you. They send your dental specifications to a lab, where a custom appliance is fabricated. Once it is complete, Dr. Dickert or Dr. Lynn will ensure that it fits properly.
Receive Sleep Apnea Treatment Today
New patients can call West Ashley Family Dentistry at (843) 371-5480. If you are a current patient, contact us at (843) 571-7951. Feel free to schedule a dental consultation with Dr. Dickert or Dr. Lynn on our website.