Sleep Disorder Breathing,
Sleep Apnea, and Snoring
Do you snore at night? Do you suffer from sleep apnea? Did you know 50-70 million Americans suffer from one or more sleep disorders? Sleep Apnea affects over fifteen million Americans and is defined as the cessation of breathing for 10 seconds or greater during the night. During these events, the blood oxygen levels can drop dangerously. Sleep Apnea is linked to many other medical conditions such as Gastric Reflux, depression, headaches, Heart Disease, Diabetes, strokes and even death. Sleep Apnea can also cause breakdown of the oral cavity through an increase in nocturnal grinding. What may seem like benign snoring may actually be sleep disordered breathing that can lead to impaired long-term health.
Our doctors screen every new patient for signs and symptoms of sleep apnea and sleep disordered breathing. If our doctors suspect that you are at risk for Sleep Apnea or Sleep Disordered breathing than they may refer you to a Pulmonologist for a sleep study to confirm. We will then work very closely with the Pulmonologist to get you the help you need.
How is it treated?
There are a variety of different options when it comes to treatment of Sleep Disorder breathing. The Gold Standard in treatment of Obstructive Sleep apnea is still the CPAP machine. However, for patients that cannot tolerate the CPAP device, a removable oral appliance may be used to relieve symptoms of snoring and mild-to-moderate sleep apnea. This appliance is custom made to fit the patient’s mouth. It is designed to help keep the jaws in proper alignment and the tongue and soft tissue in their proper place to keep airways open during sleep.
Most people do not know that they have sleep apnea. Left untreated, it can be extremely dangerous. If you, or someone you love, may be suffering from snoring or sleep apnea, please contact our office for a comprehensive evaluation and consultation to learn more about treatment options.
Check out our Articles and Accolades section under “Office Updates” to read Dr. Jenna Katz Schwibner’s interview from the 32963 local newspaper: “Dentists Become First Line of Defense Against Sleep Apnea.”