Do you feel tired after a full night sleep? Do people tell you that you snore? Like many other American’s, you may suffer from sleep apnea. As many as 20 million people in North America may have sleep apnea. Snoring is a social problem, particularly for the spouse. Obstructive sleep apnea poses a significant health risk for the individuals. If left untreated, it can lead to irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes. Many factors can contribute to sleep apnea, such as age, obesity, alcohol consumption, and use of sleeping pills.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a type of breathing disorder which is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition characterized by brief interruptions of breathing during sleep. There are basically three types of apnea:
The upper airway is open, but no oxygen is getting into the system. This occurs because the patient is not getting a chemical response from the brain to stimulate the lungs and the diaphragm to assist with breathing.
This is a combination of central and obstructive sleep apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
The lungs and the diaphragm are functioning normally, but no oxygen is entering the system because there is an obstruction in the upper airway.
Indy Dental Health Offers COMPLIMENTARY Home Sleep Study Tests!
We care about your health and that is why we have purchased an at home sleep study kit for our patients to have access to. You will first come in for a complementary consult with our Sleep Coordinator, Ame. She will go over your medical history, apnea risks, and set up the sleep study kit specifically for you along with showing you how to use it. After a night of sleep in the comfort of your own home, you will drop off the Sleep Study Kit at our office, and we will send it out to a sleep physician to interpret your results. We will have your results back to you within 5 business days.
Indy Dental Health and Oral Sleep Appliances
If you have issues with snoring, or a sleep study test determines that you suffer from sleep apnea, the dental professionals at Indy Dental Health can treat you with oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy for snoring and/or obstructive sleep apnea attempts to assist breathing by keeping the tongue and jaw in a forward position during the sleeping hours. This has been found to effectively treat many patients with this disorder. Indy Dental Health will follow up with an additional Home Sleep Test to evaluate the effectiveness of your oral sleep appliance.