Dental Solutions for Sleep Disordered Breathing [Apnea]
If you have had complaints about your snoring, or find you're tired and have no energy, it may be due to SDB which can lead to many serious health problems. Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) is a category of sleep disorders also known as Sleep Apnea, the most common form of SDB is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
Dentists trained in Dental Sleep Medicine work with patients and their Neurologists to diagnose and develop treatment plans that include oral appliances, therapeutic treatments and sometimes surgery. Midgette Family Dentistry is proud to partner with Virginia Neurology & Sleep Centers in determining the right treatment plans for our patients with SDB. Screening for OSA is convenient. In this section, you'll find out how you can get your energy, health and life back on track! Using this information you can find out what treatments are available and what to expect . Don't delay, call your Dentist for a consultation if you suspect you have Sleep Disordered Breathing. Studies show that Dental Solutions for SDB have an 81% success rate.
Patients with SDB display symptoms that need immediate treatment. Breathing actually stops many times during the night in patients with Apnea. Your Dentist is your first line of defense against loss of health when Apnea is diagnosed because Dental treatment options are successful in treating SDB. Snoring and SDB are not the same.
95% of SDB sufferers don't know they have it. Children and Adults can have SDB. There a several types of OSA, we'll talk about them in these sections.
Dentists play an important role in helping patients diagnose and find treatment for this group of disorders. SDB affects millions people, some estimates put the number at over 40 million ï¿½?? that's 1 in 5! Find out if you have SDB.
When left untreated, SDB increases the chances of serious health risks leading to reduced quality of life and long-term health problems. Your Dentist and your primary care provider can help you find the right sleep study or lab to perform diagnostic testing for SDB.
In this section you can find out what Apnea is, whether you have SDB, when you should seek treatment and how your Dentist can treat SDB.
When health-restoring sleep is lost, the risk for these health problems increases:
- Chronic Fatigue
- Heart Attack
- High Blood Pressure
- Loss of Concentration
Children with Apnea do not show the same symptoms as adults, for example they may not snore like adults do. When Apnea is left untreated in children, they suffer risks that may lead to:
- Slow Development
- Abnormal Growth
- Learning Problems
- Heart Problems
- An Overall Failure to Thrive
Treatment options depend on the severity and causes of SDB. After diagnosis, you will consult with your Dentist to determine the best treatment for your personal health.