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By S & G Family Dentistry
January 26, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea  

Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep-related breathing disorder that affects people of all ages. It occurs because of reduced or interrupted sleep apnearespiratory airflow caused by soft tissues in the back of the throat collapsing during sleep. These tissues vibrate as air passes by and makes the lower jaw slip back blocking the airway. A person with sleep apnea will wake up countless times during the night leading to reduced quality of sleep and other symptoms as a result of poor sleep. With the help of Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS, your symptoms can be relieved or improved upon. Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarrett Grosdidier are well versed in various treatment methods that can benefit patients of all ages.

Risk Factors Associated With Sleep Apnea

There are many risk factors leading to increased incidences of sleep apnea. Here are some examples:

  • Excess Weight
  • Narrowed airway
  • Being older or male
  • Family history
  • Neck circumference
  • Use of sedatives or alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Congestion in the nasal passages

All of these things can contribute to someone developing or having severe incidents of obstructive sleep apnea episodes. Sleep apnea can lead to irritability, daytime sleepiness, poor memory, headaches and high blood pressure.

How a Leawood Sleep Apnea Specialists Can Help

At Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center, a variety of oral appliances can be used to treat sleep apnea patients. These treatment options help to re-position the jaw so that the tongue moves away reducing the risk of obstruction. Not all sleep apnea treatment work for every patient, so a comprehensive evaluation and exam are required before these treatments are prescribed. A professional can properly fit, adjust, monitor and treat complications associated with this type of therapy, but, for some patient, corrective jaw surgery may be required if oral appliances are not successful at reducing the risk of obstruction during sleep.

If you are interested in finding out what treatments are available at Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS, call (931) 451-2929 today.