Sleep apnea is a severe condition that occurs when someone’s breathing is interfered with while asleep. Some of the symptoms of apnea include fatigue and snoring loudly while sleeping.
This disorder disrupts sleep due to frequent breathing pauses. As a result, your sleep quality becomes poor, allowing fatigue to kick in for the rest of the day. Sleep apnea can also cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular problems.
People with untreated sleep apnea issues are more likely to face premature death.
At Be More Dental, the first step in the sleep dentistry treatment process is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Amanda Hurley. During the consultation, she will ask about your medical history and symptoms. The dentist will also physically examine your mouth and throat and use CBCT to assess your airway.
We also have take-home sleep tests and provide a reading-by-physician service to evaluate your situation. Your Baltimore dentist will determine if you are a good candidate for sleep dentistry treatment based on the information collected.
If Dr. Amanda determines you are a good candidate for treatment, she will develop a personalized treatment plan for you. The type of treatment you get will depend on the severity of your sleep apnea and its underlying cause. Sometimes, we may recommend a simple lifestyle change, such as losing weight or quitting smoking. In other cases, more aggressive treatment may be necessary.
Oral appliances or night guards are small devices you put in your mouth while sleeping. Our dentists provide night guards to protect your teeth from night grinding. The night guards also help Dr. Hurley to treat TMJ and orofacial pain using botox. She does this in close consultation with a TMJ-specific physical therapist to ensure flawless operations.
If you want to learn more about oral appliances or night guards, don't hesitate to contact our office today. Our dentists are ready to answer your questions and help you find the best treatment option.
It is estimated that 2-9% of adults struggle with obstructive sleep apnea
Sleep apnea treatment has multiple benefits for your overall health and wellness. You can expect to experience a better quality of sleep, improved mood and alertness, a decrease in snoring, and a lower risk of developing complications such as high blood pressure and heart disease.
For sleep apnea treatment to be successful, you should see positive results within a few weeks. Treatment will likely progress in stages, and you may need several appointments with a sleep dentist. With proper care and follow-up visits, your sleep apnea can be managed successfully after just a few visits to our practice.
Sleep apnea affects both men and women.