WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SLEEP APNEA

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There are two types of sleep apnea: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Central Sleep Apnea (CSA).  OSA, the more common of the two, occurs when the airway becomes blocked.  This is often caused by the collapse of soft tissues in the back of the throat.

CSA is a type of sleep apnea that occurs when the brain fails to send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.  According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, “The sleeper who suffers from obstructive sleep apnea periodically struggles to breathe but is unable to inhale effectively because his or her airway has collapsed. The sleeper whose problem is central sleep apnea periodically doesn’t breathe at all, or breathes so shallowly that oxygen intake is ineffectual.”

Sleep apnea is a serious condition.  Take your step to get the help you need.

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Symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Lack of energy
  • Morning headaches
  • Depression
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Nighttime gasping, choking or coughing
  • Attention problems
  • Insomnia
  • Irregular breathing during sleep (snoring)

1 in 5 adults has mild Obstructive Sleep Apnea and many go undiagnosed.  With the help of 3D imaging, we can instantly assess and reveal restricted airways.  Don’t waste time, If you suffer from any of the symptoms above take your step toward a solution.

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sleep apnea risk factors

Those with the following risk factors are more prone to developing obstructive sleep apnea:

  • Males – males are twice as likely to have sleep apnea than women
  • Excess weight – fat deposits around upper airway can obstruct breathing
  • 40+ years old – Sleep apnea occurs more often in adults ages 40 and over
  • Large neck size – People with thick necks may have a narrow airway
  • Nasal congestion – People who have difficulty breathing through their nose are more likely to develop OSA
  • Alcohol use – Causes the muscles in your throat to relax
  • Smoking – Increases the amount of inflammation and fluid in your upper airway.
  • Family history – If OSA runs in your family, you are at an increased risk

If you have any of the above risk factors and believe you are experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea, don’t waste any time in restoring your health and well being.

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There are a few treatment options for sleep apnea: anti-snoring cushions, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), oral appliance therapy, and surgery.

At Newnan Dentistry Sleep Apnea Therapy, we specialize in oral appliance therapy for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.   Similar to a mouth guard or retainer, dental appliances are small and fit over your upper and lower teeth or tongue.  They are a very effective solution for those with mild to moderate OSA and offer an alternative for those who struggle to sleep with a CPAP machine.

If you are looking for an alternative solution to sleeping with a CPAP, ask us about oral appliance therapy.

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Left Untreated, Sleep Apnea Can Have Serious and Life-Shortening Consequences

The Right Tools For The Right Solution. 

ICAT 3D Imaging

Assessment

3D data reveals restricted airways and helps us to determine appropriate treatment

Treatment

Oral appliance therapy provides an effective solution and a comfortable alternative

Care

Special training and continuing education allows our team of professionals to provide you with exceptional care

Negative Effects of Sleep Apnea

Medical: People with sleep apnea have a higher incedence of heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure.

Professional: Lack of sleep, or poor sleep, can make it difficult to stay focused and be productive.

Relational: Loud snoring can affect the quality of your sleep as well as  your partner’s sleep.

Emotional: Poor productivity, health issues and relationship problems caused by poor sleep can lead to depression.

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