Untreated sleep apnea can wreak havoc on a person’s general health, day-to-day mood, and overall quality of life. If you’re regularly struggling with daytime exhaustion and loud snoring, it’s time to seek out answers from a true expert. At Michel Dental, we have extensive advanced training in solutions for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and can provide lasting relief in the form of oral appliance therapy. We can even use the Embletta home sleep test to diagnose troubling symptoms in the first place. Contact us today in either Topeka or Silver Lake, KS to get started with an initial consultation!
Sleep apnea is a sleep breathing disorder that is defined as a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly and you feel tired even after a full night's sleep. Keep in mind, there are two main types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea, the more common form that occurs when throat muscles relax, and central sleep apnea, which occurs when your brain doesn't send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.
A person with obstructive sleep apnea may experience shallow breathing and possibly pauses in breath, which may look disturbing. The breathing interruptions can last anywhere from a few seconds to a couple of minutes, per breathing episode. These disturbances cause an individual to attain restless sleep and consequently feel extremely fatigued during the day. Take a look at these signs to see if you may be a candidate for sleep apnea:
If any of the above questions pertain to you or a loved one, please contact Michel Dental at either out Silver Lake, KS office or Topeka, KS office today to schedule a consultation as soon as possible.
During this appointment, we will examine your airway using specialized non-invasive equipment. You will be referred to a sleep physician or be given an in-home sleep testing unit if your apnea appears to be mild-moderate. This is through a device called Embletta home sleep test.
Our staff will teach you how to use the Embletta and you’ll take it home that night to put to use. The next day you’ll drop it back to our office and a sleep professional will read your test results.
Next, you’ll meet with our dentists to review your results. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea and fall within the mild to moderate range (or you tried the CPAP and cannot tolerate that treatment), we will create a custom fit, comfortable oral appliance. An oral appliance looks much like a mouth guard worn for sports or an orthodontic retainer. When worn while sleeping, it maintains an opened and unobstructed airway by repositioning your lower jaw slightly forward.
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