Our Orlando FL dental office has served the community for decades, helping people from all walks of life. Over the years, dentistry has evolved at a breakneck pace and so have our skills.
You see, dentistry is about so much more than cleaning teeth and placing fillings. We look at all facets of your dental care. We look at everything in the mouth. We look at the teeth and gums, the function, and even diagnose problems like jaw issues and sleep apnea.
That’s right, at Overmeyer Family Dental, we have helped countless patients who had suffered from sleep issues or snoring for years. Give us a call today at 407-705-3965 or make an appointment online if you are struggling with sleep problems or loud snoring. You might not even have to wear a CPAP to resolve your problems.
In the meantime, we want to share facts about sleep apnea and why we have devoted so much of our time studying and treating this serious problem.
The Serious Problem With Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a dangerous oral health problem that can also negatively affect your overall health. The problem literally causes pauses in breathing. There are two forms of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form of sleep apnea, occurs when soft tissue, usually the tongue blocks the airway during sleep. Central sleep apnea is a bit more complicated. This problem occurs whenever the brain fails to send signals to the brain during sleep.
It’s possible to die from sleep apnea complications (You can Google Reggie White cause of death. And that’s just one death of many that have happened since), and furthermore, the condition is extremely hard on your body. When you experience pauses in breathing, your body goes into distress and your blood pressure will rise to protect your vital organs. The issue with sleep apnea is that this will occur numerous times while you sleep. In fact, people with severe sleep apnea will experience 30 episodes every hour!
Knowing The Signs of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is most commonly associated with heavy snoring, but snoring isn’t the only sign. It’s actually possible to have sleep apnea and not even snore, and it’s possible to snore and not have sleep apnea. But here are some of the more common signs of sleep apnea:
- Waking up gasping for air
- Restless sleeping
- Waking up with a sore throat
- Trouble focusing
- Mood swings
- Weight gain
You can see that sleep apnea can show itself in many different ways. At any rate, it’s impossible to diagnose your own sleep apnea issues. You’ll need to visit a dentist who can diagnose and treat your issues. We can pinpoint the causes of your sleep issues and then set you up with comfortable treatments.
You Might Not Need a CPAP
If you know a little about sleep apnea, you’ve no doubt heard about the CPAP machine. The CPAP is a machine that continuously pushes air into your lungs while you sleep. But there is a major issue with the CPAP … patients can’t stand it. So many patients find the CPAP intolerable. They have trouble sleeping with it, and it can also bother their bed partner.
You’ll be glad to know that the CPAP is no longer the only way to treat sleep apnea. Now we’re using a small oral appliance. The oral appliance works best for people with obstructive sleep apnea. The device simply pushes the jaw forward to keep your airway open during sleep.
If you’re struggling with sleep issues or have been told you snore, there is help for you AND you may not have to deal with a CPAP. You can start resolving your sleep issues today by picking up the phone and calling, 407-705-3965 or use the online form to book a visit with us.