Sleep Apnea Therapy

Sleep Apnea Therapy is currently available at our Coeur d’Alene location.

Sleep apnea can turn a peaceful night’s rest into a nightmare. Sleep apnea can disrupt your lifestyle and can leave you feeling exhausted. Loftus Family Dental is pleased to feature a variety of treatments for sleep apnea. With the right care, you can start to get the sleep you need and return your energy levels to optimal. If you suffer from sleep apnea, we invite you to contact us today to schedule an appointment with our caring dentists.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder marked by interruptions and pauses in breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by obstructions in the airway, such as the tongue rolling back in the throat or collapsed tissues in the airway. Untreated sleep apnea can contribute to several serious health conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and liver problems.

Sleep apnea must be diagnosed by a sleep physician. We recommend that you talk to your dentist, as well as your doctor, if you suffer from the symptoms of sleep apnea. Common signs of sleep apnea include:

  • Extreme drowsiness during the day
  • Personality changes and irritability
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Snoring
  • Awakening with a very dry or sore throat
  • Frequent morning headaches

Sleep apnea treatment may depend on the severity of the condition. If you suffer from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, our dentist may recommend an oral appliance. The oral appliance works to treat obstructive sleep apnea by fitting over your teeth and keeping your airway open while you sleep. It can work by preventing the tongue from blocking the air passage or by holding your jaw in a position that prevents airway blockages during sleep. For more information on sleep apnea treatment, we welcome you to call or visit our dental practice today. We are committed to helping you improve your health!

Snoring, restless sleep, frequent nighttime urination, daytime fatigue–the list of possible sleep apnea symptoms is long. And sometimes the connection between the symptom and the disorder may seem obscure. A common challenge with diagnosing sleep apnea is that many of its symptoms are stand-alone conditions and/or often misattributed to other ailments.

Here is a list of five surprising symptoms of sleep apnea:

Dry Mouth

Many people who suffer from sleep apnea report consistently waking up with a dry mouth. This makes sense when, in an effort to continue breathing while asleep, sleep apnea sufferers unconsciously sleep with their mouths wide open in an attempt to increase oxygen flow. Unsurprisingly, this method of breathing is likely to cause dry mouth, and even sometimes a sore throat.

The problem is that too often dry mouth is dismissed simply as “annoying” without consideration that it may be an indication of an underlying sleep problem.

Acid Reflux

There is overwhelming consensus that an association exists between acid reflux and sleep apnea. It is believed that one of two things is happening: sleep disordered breathing results in airway pressure changes that in turn cause acid reflux, or acid reflux causes vocal cord spasms that then lead to sleep disordered breathing or sleep apnea.

Regardless of the relationship many people don’t realize that persistent acid reflux could be a sign that they need to have their sleep evaluated. Simply treating acid reflux is likely not getting to the underlying issue, which may be sleep apnea.

Poor Concentration

Several studies have identified a strong correlation between sleep apnea and symptoms include poor concentration, low levels of energy, and a change in appetite.

Feelings of a loss of interest in activities, one thing is clear: people diagnosed with sleep apnea, particularly severe sleep apnea, often suffer from poor concentration as well.

Morning Headaches

Morning headaches are yet another sleep apnea symptom that often gets overlooked. When you consider the mechanics of sleep apnea, it’s really no surprise that people who stop breathing and wake frequently throughout the night suffer from headaches the next morning. Combine un-restful sleep with decreased oxygen flow to the brain, and you have the perfect recipe for any number of adverse symptoms that may simply be written off as “a bad night’s sleep.”

Memory Loss

Lack of restorative sleep has a vast range of consequences for overall health and wellness, both physically and mentally. Experts believe that it is during sleep that the brain consolidates and categorizes a day’s events and commits them to short or long-term memory. It’s no surprise, then, that memory problems, up to memory loss, are often a result of sleep apnea.

Furthermore, the reality of what is actually happening in the brain is frightening. By definition, an apnea is the cessation of breathing caused by obstruction of the airway. For sleep apnea sufferers, this means that the flow of oxygen to the brain is being reduced or completely cut off multiple times during the night. When sleep apnea is left undiagnosed or untreated, the lack of oxygen flow coupled with chronic fatigue caused by un-restful sleep could cause measurable brain damage.

If you identify with any of the above symptoms, or believe you are experiencing another symptom of sleep apnea, contact Loftus Family Dental at 855-4-Loftus to schedule a consultation and sleep evaluation.