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Sleep Disorders, Snoring & Treatment

Most people who visit this site are interested in these topics:

Are there any alternatives to a CPAP machine?

What kind of dental sleep disorder solutions are available?

How do I stop snoring?

Can anything be done to help my spouse stop snoring?

What is sleep apnea?

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

How can sleep apnea be treated?

What can happen if sleep disorders go untreated?

Our mission at Dental Health Center is to help sleep disorder sufferers find REAL solutions to their sleep problems. There is a wealth of information on this site dedicated to that purpose.

Oral therapies and simple appliances can make a huge difference in your life.

Contact us to arrange your own dental sleep disorder consultation.

The general definition of obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS) is daytime sleepiness associated with irregular breathing at night.

Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep.

Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound.

Sleep apnea usually is a chronic (ongoing) condition that disrupts your sleep. When your breathing pauses or becomes shallow, you’ll often move out of deep sleep and into light sleep.

As a result, the quality of your sleep is poor, which makes you tired during the day. Sleep apnea is a leading cause of excessive daytime sleepiness.

Do you snore or you have trouble breathing when you sleep?

More than 30 % of adults have some sort of a sleep disorder.

  • Have you been told you snore?
  • Do you have trouble falling or staying asleep?
  • Do you awaken in the morning, only to still feel tired?
  • Do you ever wake up at night choking or gasping?
  • Do your legs feel twitchy at night?
  • Do you doze during the day?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may have a sleep disorder. We can help you determine the cause of your sleep disorder, treat it and give you back your sleep—and your life.

Our office offers comprehensive diagnostic analysis of your snoring, sleep apnea or other related sleep disorders.

Individuals with a sleep disorder can suffer:

  • Heart problems due to the lack of air and blood flow
  • Physiologic problems due to the lack of sleep and of oxygen to the brain
  • Muscle soreness in the neck, back and shoulder from the body flexing while struggling to suck in air during sleep

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where a person stops breathing for 10 seconds or longer throughout the night. This is caused from throat muscles relaxing and the collapses and closes, which blocks the airways.

While the symptom most commonly associated with sleep apnea is snoring, not everyone who snores has the disease. However, when snoring is combined with choking, gasping or pauses in breathing during sleep, it’s more likely an indicator of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea often goes unnoticed or undiagnosed due to the person not realizing what is occurring during the night. Sleep apnea symptoms also may appear during the daytime and include morning headaches, excessive sleepiness, trouble concentrating, memory or learning problems and general moodiness, irritability or depression.

Sleep apnea symptoms also may appear during the daytime and include morning headaches, excessive sleepiness, trouble concentrating, memory or learning problems and general moodiness, irritability or depression.

If snoring and some of the daytime symptoms have been noticed, pay attention to your sleep to understand if sleep apnea might be the cause. Asking your sleep partner or others in the house if they notice any abrupt choking or gasping when you sleep can also shed light. If so, then getting tested is the next step in regaining a full night’s sleep and your health.

Although these daytime effects may seem inconvenient, there are long term and rather serious health risks with sleep apnea. Untreated sleep apnea is linked to cardiovascular disease and problems like heart attacks, strokes, and even death. It’s estimated that 12 million people unknowingly suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. In a recent study, it was found that those with untreated sleep apnea double their risk of sudden cardiac death. Weight is also prevalent in relationship to sleep apnea. Overweight individuals can find more relief from sleep apnea with weight lost and a sleep device such as our SomnoDent Sleep Apnea Appliance.

In order to treat the full range of symptoms arising from sleep disorders, we offer comprehensive programs. Understanding your sleep disorder will help you understand the steps required to regain your ability to get a good night’s sleep and become healthy again.

Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that requires long-term management. Lifestyle changes, mouthpieces, surgery, and breathing devices can successfully treat sleep apnea in many people

Take the first step toward getting a good night's sleep.

Evaluating your sleeping habits has never been more convenient. Many physicians and health plans prefer this option to in-lab sleep studies because they are more convenient for patients are typically less expensive than sleep studies conducted in a sleep center or hospital.

Home, or unattended sleep studies are used exclusively to diagnose or rule out obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Because of this, they will only be recommended if it is highly likely that the patient has moderate to severe sleep apnea, and if the patient has no other significant medical issues such as pulmonary diseases, neuromuscular disease or congestive heart failure. Home sleep studies cannot be performed on children and cannot diagnose any other sleep disorders such as restless leg syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder or narcolepsy.

The process of completing an unattended sleep study begins by picking up a device at the sleep clinic. There, the sleep technologist will instruct you on how to use the equipment in the kit. Some sleep centers may offer to deliver or mail the device to your home.

There are several different manufacturers of home sleep testing equipment. Watermark Medical is the first and only automated end-to-end service for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep breathing disorders through a home sleep testing web-based portal. http://www.watermarkmedical.com/

Home sleep testing device consists of sensors that record information about breathing, heart rate, breathing effort and airflow while you sleep. You may be asked to use the device for one, two or three nights. While wearing the device, you can move around in bed and even get up to use the restroom. In the morning, you will remove the sensors and return the sleep equipment to the sleep center where the physician will read and analyze the information collected.

Most insurance plans cover sleep studies and necessary consultations.

Dr. Tebbi has been treating Sleep Apnea and Snoring patients since 1999. He has simplified the concept of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, how to screen for it and types of appliances to use.

Quick, easy and painless ways to assess your risk for a sleep disorder. Complete this short questionnaires on this link . If you would like you can forward your completed form(s) to us for a professional evaluation.

To assess your risk for Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), click here

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