Sleep apnea is a condition where the patient suffers from breathing during sleep. As a result, the patient wakes up frequently to start breathing again. This stops the patient from getting sufficient sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea, which is one of the common forms of sleep apnea is a condition, wherein the soft tissues at the back of the throat of the patient collapse to block the airway. As a result, the patient stops breathing. When the oxygen level in the blood falls, the brain sends signals to the body to wake up and start breathing again. The breathing pause may last from a few seconds to more than a minute. The cycle repeats many times. Patients experience fatigue and headache when they wake up.
Sleep apnea is difficult to diagnose since the characteristics of the problem are evident when the patient is asleep. Our dentist collects information from the bedtime partner of the patient and may send the patient to the sleep center to study the case. Other symptoms for sleep apnea include:
Sleep apnea appliances and equipment are available to help patients get better sleep. The appliance is designed by our team and is convenient to wear. It moves the jawbone slightly forward such that the airway remains open. This ensures that the patient can breathe properly and hence get sound sleep. CPAP is a system which supplies air at a pressure slightly higher than the atmosphere. This keeps the airway of the patient open during sleep. The patient wears a mask through which the equipment supplies air. This treatment solution has worked well for many of our patients.
If you have a query regarding our Sleep Apnea Treatment in Cary, make an appointment and meet our Dentist Dr. Ferzli or contact the office at (919) 323-4242.
TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Raleigh-Durham