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Like most people, you may think that your dentist only deals with repairing cavities, teeth cleanings, and other common dental issues. However, most dentists also specialize in other conditions more related to the jaw and neck than the teeth themselves. Sleep apnea, which can be potentially life-threatening, can be a scary diagnosis to receive. Luckily, your dentist can help you manage your sleep apnea with non-invasive dental appliances. Learn more about sleep apnea with Dr. Michael Murphy, Dr. Alexandra Welzel, and Dr. Stephen Levy at Baltimore Uptown Dentist in Baltimore, MD.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition affecting a patient’s breathing while they sleep. Though breathing is normal during awake hours, sleep apnea causes apneas, or pauses in breathing, during sleeping hours. The apneas occur due to one of three types of sleep apnea: obtrusive sleep apnea (OSA), central sleep apnea (CSA), or a mixture of both, called mixed sleep apnea. OSA the more common version of this condition and occurs when an obtrusion blocks the airway. CSA occurs when the brain and lungs fail to communicate, causing apneas. Mixed sleep apnea occurs when a patient suffers from both OSA and CSA.
How can my dentist help with my sleep apnea?
While the most common treatment for sleep apnea is a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine worn while sleeping, it is not the only treatment. In more mild cases, your dentist may suggest a more conservative treatment called a dental appliance. Worn while sleeping, the appliance fits into the mouth and pulls the bottom jaw forward, eliminating the obstruction of the airway and allowing the patient to breathe normally.
Sleep Apnea Treatments in Baltimore, MD
Dental appliances come in all shapes and sizes. Your dentist is your best source of information for which style appliance will best work for your needs. If left untreated, sleep apnea can be a potentially life-threatening condition. If you notice that you snore excessively, wake during the night gasping or choking, suffer from insomnia, or awake feeling like you barely got any sleep at all, you should ask your dentist about sleep apnea and its treatments.
For more information on sleep apnea, please contact Dr. Murphy, Dr. Welzel, and Dr. Levy at Baltimore Uptown Dentist in Baltimore, MD. Call (410) 235-1233 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
For those with obstructive sleep apnea, you may wake up from sleep without actually getting any quality sleep. This sleep disorder obstructs the airway due to excess tissue causing the airway muscles to collapse and relax during sleep. This causes the patient to stop breathing periodically throughout the night. Our Baltimore, Maryland dentists from Dr. K. Michael Murphy and Associates can evaluate each patient and suggest treatment options for their sleep apnea.
Treating Sleep Apnea
Common symptoms of sleep apnea include waking up suddenly gasping for air, daytime fatigue, loud snoring, and restlessness. When an apnea occurs, it signals the person to wake up allowing them to restart their normal breathing. If someone wakes up at least 30 times, they are diagnosed with sleep apnea disorder.
This disorder must be diagnosed and treated by professional. Thanks to the help of our Baltimore, Maryland dentists from Dr. K. Michael Murphy and Associates, we can do just that for patients of all ages. Oral therapy is the best way to treat most cases of sleep apnea. They work best for mild to moderate cases. They reposition the tongue and lower jaw forward to allow the airway to stay open during sleep.
For more severe cases, the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is used. This uses a nosepiece or mask to supply the patient with constant air. These masks come in a variety of sizes and styles to fit every patient right. If a patient cannot tolerate the CPAP, they are treated with an oral appliance instead.
Obstructive sleep apnea is not something that you should have to deal with. Our Baltimore, Maryland dentists from Dr. K. Michael Murphy and Associates can help you get the sleep you deserve once more. To schedule an informative consultation, call our office today at 410-235-1233 to learn about treatment options for your sleep apnea.