The guide to Sleep Apnea Dental Services In San Diego, CA
Tired of restless nights and constant fatigue? Say goodbye to sleep apnea and hello to restful, rejuvenating sleep. Our experienced team specializes in providing effective dental treatments to alleviate sleep apnea symptoms. Take control of your sleep health and reclaim your energy. Schedule your consultation for Sleep Apnea Dental Services today and experience the life-changing benefits.
What are Sleep Apnea Dental Services?
If you get out of bed still feeling tired or if you feel sleepy throughout the day, you could be suffering from sleep apnea. This dangerous condition disrupts sleep and leaves you groggy, weary, and unproductive. However, Dr. Brian Davey can give you relief you need to sleep better and wake up feeling refreshed. Sleep apnea dental services in our Torrey Highlands dentist office will:
- Help eliminate the dangerous health consequences of obstructive sleep apnea.
- Reduce bothersome snoring so you and your bed partner can sleep better.
- Increase your productivity throughout the day.
- Reduce morning headaches.
- Give you more energy and zest for life.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
How Sleep Apnea Dental Services Can Help
How can sleep apnea be treated by a dentist? When you’re working with a trained sleep dentistry provider like Dr. Davey, a holistic approach is taken to managing your airway.
Dental sleep apnea treatment in San Diego utilizes special oral appliances that physically enhance oxygen flow while you’re sleeping. By positioning your jaw in a slightly anterior position, we can limit airway obstruction caused by the collapse of soft tissues in the back of your throat. In fact, oral appliances for sleep apnea can actually replace a CPAP machine in certain cases. And they’re FDA-approved, meaning they’re proven to work for airway obstruction and usually covered by medical insurance.
What’s Involved in Getting Screened?
If you’ve never been diagnosed with a clinical sleeping disorder, the first step is to see someone for a screening. During your exam, Dr. Davey will walk through a physical assessment of your anatomy and then review the symptoms you’re experiencing. If we suspect a sleeping disorder, we may be able to order a take-home sleep study that you conduct in the convenience of your own home.
These tests use a small machine that you operate to record your sleep patterns, then return to the lab to have it read by a pulmonologist or sleep specialist. Depending on the readings, a diagnosis is made. From there, it’s possible to get a prescription for an oral sleep appliance (substitute for a CPAP machine) to help manage your symptoms. But an oral appliance can only be fitted and delivered by a trained sleep dentist.
Sleep Apnea Dental Services by Dr. Davey DDS
Learn More About Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea happens when your airway gets blocked while sleeping. It is normal for your tongue, tonsils, and other soft tissues in your throat to relax while sleeping. However, they can relax so much that your air supply is cut off.
When this happens, your brain signals your body to wake up so that you can get more oxygen. You then take in more air – usually with a loud snort – and go back to sleep. This cycle can repeat 30 or more times per hour! And the sleep apnea sufferer most likely won’t even realize it.
Besides disrupting your sleep and causing snoring, sleep apnea is a potentially deadly condition. Left untreated it can cause diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, heart disease, and strokes.
If you suspect that you may have sleep apnea, you should first get tested to confirm your diagnosis. Talking to one of our dentists can help you decide if a sleep test is in order.
For many people with sleep apnea, at CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine is often recommended for treatment. For some people, this works great. For others, the CPAP presents a new set of problems. Wearing a mask, feeling air pushed into your airway, and hearing the sound of the machine are all reasons people have told us they stopped using their CPAPs.
Fortunately, we may have another solution. Our sleep apnea treatment involves making a custom-made oral appliance. This is similar to a mouthguard that you wear while you sleep. The appliance pulls your lower jaw forward slightly. This keeps your airway open so you continue breathing. This allows you to get deep, quality sleep, and it also reduces and might even eliminate your snoring.