Sleep Apnea Treatment – Palm Harbor, FL
Better Nights, Better Mornings, Better Health
Over 20 million Americans wake up every morning feeling like they haven’t rested at all because of a common disorder known as sleep apnea. While most often found in older patients, it can affect people of all ages, leading to serious and potentially deadly health consequences. Thankfully, this condition is very treatable, and often, oral appliance therapy can be used to make lasting, meaningful changes that improve a patient’s sleep as well as their quality of life.
Why Choose Dr. Alex Johnson
for Sleep Apnea Treatment?
- Board-Certified in Dental Sleep Medicine with 3 Decades of Experience
- Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine
- Member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
What is Sleep Apnea?
When a person has sleep apnea, they briefly but frequently stop breathing throughout the night. There are multiple reasons why this might happen, but it most often occurs due to the airway becoming obstructed, either by loose tissue or oversize tonsils or adenoids. These interruptions prevent someone from reaching the deeper, restorative stages of sleep, causing them to feel tired, groggy, and irritable the next day. Untreated sleep apnea has also been shown to dramatically increase someone’s risk of cardiovascular problems and being in a motor vehicle accident!
Signs of Sleep Apnea
The condition of obstructed sleep apnea can lead to heart problems and other health problems. If you snore and suffer from any of the following conditions, you may have OSA.
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Poor memory/confusion
- Accident proneness
- Night sweats
- Morning headaches
- High blood pressure
How We Treat Sleep Apnea
You might ask: What does my orthodontist have to do with all of this? Here is the answer: snoring or sleep apnea can sometimes be treated with an oral appliance provided by our office that's designed to hold the lower jaw forward during sleep. By repositioning the jaw, the tongue is positioned away from the back of the throat, reducing the risk of obstruction. This is a simple solution you can try before resorting to more complicated breathing devices or surgery. Only a dentist or orthodontist can fabricate, fit, adjust, monitor, and treat complications associated with Oral Appliance Therapy used in managing sleep related breathing disorder. If you or someone you care about has any of these signs and symptoms, we encourage you to speak to us about Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT). If your situation requires more than OAT, we will make sure you receive the help you need. You can learn more about Sleep Apnea and how we treat Sleep Apnea by visiting our website Apnea Options via the link below.