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What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea and airway dentistry in Murphy

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that causes pauses in the breath during sleep that last for 10-30 seconds. This pause in the breath can occur up to 100 times in one hour.

The body is briefly deprived of oxygen, causing you to wake from your sleep, gasp for air, and sometimes make a choking noise. 

This interrupts your ability to get quality sleep because your sleep cycle is constantly being interrupted, even if you don’t remember it. There are 3 types of sleep apnea, but the most common type is obstructive.

The throat relaxes too much, causing the walls or muscles in the upper airway to collapse, which blocks your ability to breathe. Often enlarged tissues such as the tongue or tonsils block the airway and produce vibrations in the soft tissue, resulting in loud snoring.

Why Is Sleep Apnea Dangerous?

It is dangerous to leave sleep apnea untreated because it can cause many serious health complications that can shorten a person’s lifespan. Sleep apnea also reduces sleep quality which can impact your ability to be alert throughout the day. 

This can cause someone to fall asleep at the wheel or while operating heavy machinery. Studies have shown that people suffering from sleep apnea are 5 times more likely to get into a car accident.

Sleep apnea also increases your risk of developing the following:

- Type 2 diabetes
- Hypertension
- Metabolic syndrome
- Heart attack or stroke
- Heart disease
- Depression
- Liver problems
- TMJ

Our Treatments for Sleep Apnea in Murphy

At Parkside Dental serving patients in Murphy and Wylie, we utilize a Vivos oral appliance that treats sleep apnea, snoring, and TMD problems. This oral device looks like a retainer and is worn around the teeth for 1-2 years. This appliance works to open your airway by:

- Expanding the jawbones outward and forward
- Improves airflow through the nose
- Reduces mouth breathing
- Improves the placement/posture of the tongue

There are two Vivos oral appliances: the Vivos DNA appliance and the Vivos mRNA appliance. The DNA appliance is worn exclusively at night and adjusts your bite alignment by exerting gentle pressure onto the teeth to move the jaw forward and expand it outward. 

This creates more room in the mouth for you to place your tongue and prevents it from blocking your airway. By increasing the size of the upper airway, mouth breathing is reduced and the patient can more easily breathe through the nose. 

The mRNA appliance is similar to the DNA appliance, except that it repositions the lower jaw instead of the upper jaw. This keeps the upper airway open, making it easier to breathe while the patient sleeps, and reduces the incidence of teeth grinding as well as TMJ-related jaw pain.

If you have or suspect you have sleep apnea in Murphy or Wylie, contact us at Parkside Dental today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jason Larsen.

Recognizing The Common Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea

Snoring alone isn’t necessarily a symptom of sleep apnea. But lots of people who have sleep apnea will snore loudly, with periodic pauses in snoring and breathing. Your sleeping partner may notice this, and it can also prevent them from sleeping soundly, in some cases.

You may also wake up in the middle of the night feeling like you’re choking or gasping for air. It’s also common for people with obstructive sleep apnea to wake up with a dry mouth and/or a headache.

Some other common symptoms include drowsiness and poor quality sleep. You may have trouble falling or staying asleep, or feel tired in the morning even after getting 7-8 hours of sleep or more. You may also find that you have trouble focusing at work or at school. People with untreated sleep apnea may even be more irritable, or have a lower libido (sex drive).

If you notice one, several, or most of these symptoms in yourself, you should see Dr. Larsen right away. As an expert sleep dentist in Murphy, he can help you get the care you need for restful, relaxing sleep.

What Causes Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of apnea. It occurs when the soft tissue in your mouth sags into your airway, blocking proper breathing. And it’s not usually caused by a single factor, but by a variety of different factors that come together to cause sleep apnea.

The most common contributing factors are overweightness and obesity. More than 50% of people with OSA are overweight or obese. This is because people who are overweight may have more soft tissue in their mouths and throats, which can raise the risk of obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is also more common in men than it is in women, regardless of weight.

In addition, an improper bite or other anatomical issues like a deviated septum (a problem with the nose structure) can raise your risk of developing sleep apnea. Other risk factors can include a large neck circumference, a narrow throat, allergies, smoking, and medical conditions that cause upper airway congestion. Regular drug and alcohol use, especially before bed, are also associated with a higher risk of sleep apnea.

Am I A Good Candidate For Vivos Treatment?

You may be a good candidate for Vivos treatment at Parkside Dental in Murphy if you have obstructive sleep apnea that’s caused by an underdeveloped upper jaw (maxillary hypoplasia) or a lower jaw that’s set too far back (mandibular retrognathia). On their own, these jaw position problems may not be enough to cause apnea. But along with some other factors, they can be major contributors to sleep apnea.

With Vivos treatment, you can wear a set of special oral appliances that relieve the symptoms of sleep apnea, and eventually correct the position of your jaws. To learn more and see if you’re a good candidate, just contact us for a consultation. Our dentists in Murphy can help you explore all of your options, including Vivos treatment for adjusting the position of your upper and/or lower jaws.

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