Read our blog post to learn about the risks associated with obstructive sleep apnea. We also explain how our dental team can help improve the quality of your sleep. Contact us today to schedule your appointment at one of our 5 locations across North Carolina!
How the Dentist Can Treat Sleep Apnea
Did you know CarolinasDentist can help alleviate your fatigue, dry mouth, and chronic snoring? That’s right: we offer treatments to alleviate the symptoms of sleep apnea here at our North Carolina dental offices.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing as you sleep or experience periods of shallow breathing while sleeping. Some symptoms of sleep apnea are:
- Extreme fatigue and headaches
- Dry mouth
- Loud snoring
- Waking up gasping for air
- Interrupted sleep
- Weight gain
- Difficulty paying attention
If you believe you have sleep apnea, the best way to confirm it is through an at-home sleep test. There are two types of sleep apnea: obstructive, which causes the muscles in the back of your throat to suddenly relax, and central sleep, in which your brain is unable to signal to the muscles that control your breathing as you sleep. If left untreated, sleep apnea can do more to your overall health than just cause extreme, persistent fatigue — it is known to cause cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure.
How Does Sleep Apnea Affect Oral Health?
The relation between sleep apnea and your oral health may not be obvious, but certain symptoms of sleep apnea, like dry mouth, can lead to bacteria growth and increased chance of decay.
At CarolinasDentist, we offer an alternative to CPAP therapy which delivers oxygenated air directly to your nose via a mask and tube while you sleep. A mandibular advancement device is a mouthpiece that can gently shift your jaw in place to encourage proper airflow.
Cost of Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea treatment is tailored to the individual and its cost depends on the type of devices you may require to improve your airflow while you sleep. The best way to know the price of sleep apnea therapy would be to schedule a consultation with CarolinasDentist, where we will review your symptoms and create a custom plan just for you. During this consultation, we will also provide you with an upfront cost estimate so you know exactly how much your treatment will cost.
Sleep Apnea Treatment in North Carolina
If you are suffering from symptoms of sleep apnea, know that you don’t have to suffer any longer. Schedule an appointment at one of our North Carolina offices for a sleep apnea consultation today!