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Sleep Apnea

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Are you having trouble sleeping because you’re waking up in the middle of the night gasping for breath? When your airflow is constricted due to blockage in the upper airway, it may be sleep apnea causing this issue.

At Morey Dental, we take sleep apnea seriously, as the breathing condition can have health-compromising consequences. We get to the root of the problem and treat your concerns in a careful and swift manner. With the proper care, your sleep apnea can be managed, leading not only to a better night’s sleep, but recovery from a host of other health problems which commonly stem from the condition itself. 

These related issues include:

  • Fatigue
  • High blood pressure
  • Weight gain
  • Headaches
  • Memory/attention issues
  • Impotence

12 million+ people are affected by sleep apnea in the U.S.; you are not alone. Here is more information if you are seeking a long-term solution that can start immediately, lead to better overall health, and a sound night’s sleep…finally.

What Are Some Common Causes of Sleep Apnea?

The most common risk factors for sleep apnea include:

  • Obesity/overweight
  • Neuromuscular conditions
  • Heart failure
  • Kidney failure
  • Shape of nostrils
  • Genetic disorders
  • Premature birth

These above conditions can lead to sleep apnea in one of three ways:

  • Central sleep apnea – the brain sends improper signals to the muscles responsible for breathing correctly
  • Obstructive sleep apnea – there is a collapse in the soft tissue at the back of the throat, causing blockage of the upper airway
  • Mixed apnea – a combination of the two types above

How Is Sleep Apnea Most Effectively Treated?

Aside from losing weight, we can aid you in finding relief from other common causes. For treating sleep apnea, we can: 

  • Design an oral appliance, such as a mouthpiece/mouthguard you can wear while you sleep, which can help open the upper airway, bringing forth more normal breathing patterns. 
  • Prescribe a CPAP machine (continuous positive airway pressure), which you’d hook yourself up to at bedtime. The CPAP machine is generally used for more severe cases of sleep apnea. 

These treatment options have proven effective for patients. 

We Use a Proactive Approach

During your general dental exam, we will check the condition of the soft tissue at the back of your palate, your tonsils and adenoids, as well as your jaw alignment. If something is concerning, we can address your likelihood of developing sleep apnea if you are not already afflicted by this sleep disorder. 

Falling and staying asleep more easily can be possible with treatment for your sleep apnea. Morey Dental is here to help. 

If you are experiencing any signs and symptoms of sleep apnea, please do not hesitate to contact us. Someone from our office staff will get back to you ASAP to schedule an appointment. Our office is open Monday – Friday.

Compassionate, high-quality care is our standard. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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