Patients in Wake Forest ask if a Dentist can treat Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a disorder that can affect anyone. The most common form is obstructive sleep apnea. This is caused by something blocking the airway as patients sleep. It can be excess fat around the neck, the tongue falling back into the throat, or misalignment of the jaw. When patients are dealing with obstructive sleep apnea, they may stop breathing hundreds of times in one night. This negatively affects their restorative sleep because they never reach the deep stages of sleep necessary to feel well rested during the day.
The symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Waking up with a dry, scratchy throat
- Trouble staying asleep
- Problems with attention and memory
- Daytime tiredness
- Waking up with a headache
- Snoring and episodes of breathing cessation
- Continually waking up during the night
Dr. Edmond Suh understands how sleep apnea can affect one’s quality of life, and offers a way to treat sleep apnea in the Wake Forest area. He provides oral appliance therapy to address the blockage. This oral appliance is worn at night to align the jaw and hold down the tongue to keep the airway open. It is a wonderful alternative to the CPAP machine, which is often suggested by physicians. However, many patients find these devices to be extremely uncomfortable and tend to avoid compliance. Oral appliance therapy provides a more comfortable way to address the problem to allow patients to enjoy quality sleep every night.
Sleep apnea can lead to many problems, including depression and narcolepsy, so it is important to have the condition properly diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. It can dramatically improve the quality of life for those who have been struggling with obstructive sleep apnea.
If you live in the Wake Forest area and you have considered oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea, call Dr. Edmond Suh today to schedule your appointment. He is happy to assist in providing quality treatments to improve the way patients feel during the day by reducing the problems associated with obstructive sleep apnea. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Suh today.