Sleep apnea is a common disorder that can be life-threatening if left untreated. Your breathing will repeatedly stop and start during the night, inhibiting your airflow while you’re asleep. Because of the potential danger of this disorder, it is important to pay attention to the signs, and seek treatment from a specialist if needed. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, you may be referred to a dentist to help with treatment.
Taking Care of Your Sleep Apnea
1.) What can a dentist do about sleep apnea
a. Diagnose your condition c. Provide surgery to help with sleep apnea
b. Provide oral appliances d. None of the above
2.) Which of the following are risk factors for sleep apnea?
a. Obesity c. Smoking
b. Being older than 60 d. All of the above
3.) Which of the following is a symptom of sleep apnea?
a. Feelings of depression or irritability c. Loud snoring
b. Headaches when you wake up d. All of the above
1.) b. Provide oral appliances. It may seem strange to talk to your dentist about trouble sleeping, but dentists are the only healthcare professionals who can prescribe certain oral appliances that will treat your sleep apnea. These appliances will help you breathe better at night by offering better support for oral structures to prevent them from blocking your airway.
2.) d. All of the above. All three of the above can put you at a higher risk for sleep apnea. Other risk factors include gender (males are more likely to get the disorder), a family history of sleep apnea, alcohol or sedative use, and nasal congestion, to name just a few.
3.) d. All of the above. The disorder affects the way you sleep, so irritability, depression, and headaches may occur when you wake up. You also may experience insomnia at night, excessive sleepiness during the day, a dry mouth or sore throat, or memory and attention problems.
ABOUT YOUR SOUTHLAKE DENTISTS:
As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.