Waking up frequently during the night can leave you feeling tired, moody, and unwell. Poor sleep can affect your health in the long run.
If you have sleep apnea, our dental practice offers treatment that can provide relief and improve your quality of life.
Learn why you should visit Dr. Vincent Ip at Smile 360™ in Austin, TX, for sleep apnea treatment.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is more than just loud or heavy snoring. Sleep apnea refers to the involuntary, repetitive interruption of breathing during sleep.
When these interruptions occur, you may struggle to breathe or stop breathing for up to a full minute. During these periods, you will shift into a lighter stage of sleep to regain your breath, significantly disrupting a full night's rest.
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It can be difficult to know if your daytime sleepiness, mood changes, and other physical and mental symptoms are caused by sleep apnea. Don't risk letting this serious sleep condition go undiagnosed. Come into our Austin, TX, dental office to discuss your symptoms with our highly trained dentist and find a treatment that helps you achieve much-needed sleep. Call our practice to request a consultation and learn more about the diagnosis process:
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What Are the Symptoms of OSA?
Patients with OSA will experience shallow or halted breathing throughout the night but are typically unaware of these effects. Other symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include:
- Restless sleep (insomnia)
- Daytime sleepiness
- Waking up gasping or choking
- Mood changes
- Acid reflux
- Difficulty concentrating
- Headaches in the morning
In addition, there are several oral health symptoms you may want to take note of:
- Eroded enamel
- Teeth grinding (bruxism)
- Sore throat when you wake
- Dry mouth
- Worn or chipped teeth
- Scalloped or large tongue
When these symptoms persist for long periods, they can significantly interfere with various aspects of your life.
The Dangers of Sleep Apnea Why Treatment Is Important
People suffering from sleep apnea face an increased risk of:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
Have You Noticed Sleep Apnea Symptoms? Contact Dr. Ip to Learn About Treatment
Snoring, daytime fatigue, and the associated health risks of sleep apnea can negatively impact your quality of life. The negative effects of sleep apnea can even affect your life expectancy. If you believe you may have obstructive sleep apnea, it is essential to bring it to our attention so that you can receive the treatment you need.
Dr. Ip can review your symptoms and determine if oral appliance therapy is right for you. His mini-residency training gives him a unique insight into the causes of obstructive sleep apnea and how those can be addressed. Dr. Ip can work with your physician or a sleep specialist to help ensure you get a full night's rest.
If you live in Austin, TX, and want to learn more about this sleep disorder, contact our practice online. You can also reach Smile 360 by phone.
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Professional Sleep Study: Diagnosing Your Sleep Disorder
What Is a Sleep Study?
To properly identify the characteristics of your sleep disorder, a sleep study should be conducted before any treatment is prescribed. Typically, a sleep study is conducted in either a lab or through a home test. We'll discuss which may best suit your situation during your visit to our Austin, TX, practice.
What Happens During a Sleep Study?
During the sleep study, you will be monitored using wires and sensors placed on the body for about seven hours of sleep. As you rest, crucial data will be compiled with information on your oxygen levels and other vitals.
What Happens After the Study?
This detailed analysis of your snoring and sleep patterns will provide insight into whether you suffer from sleep apnea, what type of sleep apnea you have, and the severity of your condition. Based on your needs, Dr. Ip can recommend the best treatment method for you.
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If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, you have an increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and other health problems. It's important that you meet with Dr. Ip to discuss your options for treatment. You may be able to experience relief from sleep apnea without a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. To learn more about treating obstructive sleep apnea, contact our practice online. You can also call Dr. Ip in Austin, TX, to schedule your visit.
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If you suffer from mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea, you may be able to have a good night's sleep thanks to a simple device that you wear during the night.
What About CPAP Machines?
Are They Better Than Oral Appliances?
A CPAP machine refers to a popular treatment option for obstructive sleep apnea. The device consists of a base unit and a mask worn over the nose and/or mouth. The CPAP machine pushes air through the mask and promotes continuous positive airway pressure while a patient sleeps.
Oral appliances can treat obstructive sleep apnea effectively without full reliance on a CPAP machine. We can go over your treatment options during the consultation process at our office in Austin, TX.
Additional Options for Sleep Apnea Patients
What If the Appliance Doesn't Work?
Oral appliance therapy is a conservative approach to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. While it's effective for many patients, it may achieve only limited relief for people with severe blockage of their airways.
If this is the case, the team at our Austin, TX, dental practice wants to know. You may need to see an ear, nose, and throat doctor (ENT) or a sleep physician, or seek dual treatment with both kinds of medical professionals.
Help Is Available
A professional evaluation by our team and other Texas sleep medicine specialists can help get a better picture of your sleep apnea. From this multidisciplinary assessment, we can develop a custom treatment plan that helps relieve snoring and improves your ability to breathe throughout the night.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sleep Apnea Treatment
Can I treat sleep apnea with lifestyle changes?
Lifestyle changes can improve many symptoms of sleep apnea. Limiting your alcohol consumption, making smart food choices, and exercising regularly can help you naturally sleep better. However, Dr. Ip may recommend you use an oral appliance or other treatment to aid you in this process.
If apneas only happen when I am asleep, how do I find out if I have sleep apnea?
If you sleep alone, it can be more difficult to know if you have sleep apnea or another condition causing your mental and physical symptoms. Common symptoms associated with sleep apnea include waking up with a sore or dry throat and occasionally waking up with a choking or gasping sensation. Be cognizant of these symptoms and bring them to Dr. Ip to discuss and find out more about whether you have OSA. A sleep study may be recommended to confirm your diagnosis.
Why should I go to the dentist for sleep apnea treatment?
The dentist's office is a great place to start when seeking out sleep apnea treatment, especially when you see a dentist who specialized in sleep medicine, like Dr. Ip. Sleep apnea will often cause dental problems, such as eroded enamel and chipped teeth, alongside other mental and physical symptoms. If we find these, Dr. Ip will then recommend a sleep study and further testing if needed. Our dentist also has the ability to craft custom-fitted oral appliances and offer treatment with the Vivos airway health system.
Will sleep apnea treatment help me stop snoring?
Yes, if your snoring is caused by sleep apnea. Snoring occurs when the flow of air through your throat is blocked by the soft tissues, which leads to the vibrating sound you hear. Using a simple oral device can help widen the air passage and reduce snoring quite effectively.
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