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Sleep Apnea

November 29, 2016
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Posted By: Chad Yenchesky, DDS
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Another Sleepless Night?

Do you snore? Do you wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air?
Are you sleepy during the day? These could be signs of Sleep Apnea.

Did you know your dentist could help with Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that disrupts the flow of air and your breathing during sleep. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is caused when the muscles in the throat become too relaxed, blocking the airway. This obstruction is a serious disorder that can cause you to stop breathing hundreds of times every night and can even affect children.

Some signs of sleep apnea include:
– Chronic, loud snoring
– Gasping or choking for air during sleep
– Daytime drowsiness and routine fatigue
– Frequent urination during the night
– Morning headaches
– Dry mouth and sore throat

Sleep Apnea has been linked to serious medical conditions when left untreated.

Your breathing can stop for up to 10 seconds, hundreds of times every night. The reduced intake of oxygen places stress on your body and can lead to; high blood pressure, strain on the cardiovascular system, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and liver problems.

How do I know if I have Sleep Apnea?

At Fox View Dental, Dr. Yenchesky can evaluate and measure the possibility of Obstructive Sleep Apnea with an in-office examination including a 3D scan of the airway and a take home sleep study test. The sleep study measures physical specifications while you sleep to determine if you have sleep apnea and the severity.

The following can increase your risk of sleep apnea:
– Excess weight
– Narrow airway (Neck circumference of 17+ in. for men and 15+ in.
for women can indicate a narrow airway)
– Family members with sleep apnea
– Smokers
– Use of sedatives, tranquilizers, alcohol relax the muscles
– Difficulty breathing through your nose
– Men are 2x more likely to have sleep apnea

How do I get help?

sleep apnea treatment de pereDr. Yenchesy is experienced in treating obstructive sleep apnea and can help you get a good night’s sleep again!.

Once you have been diagnosed as having obstructive sleep apnea, you may be a candidate for treatment with a custom fitted oral appliance. These oral appliances are created to reposition your mouth in order to open your throat and increase airflow. This treatment requires a dentist with advanced training to ensure the oral appliance has a proper fit with the natural teeth and protection for the jaw joint.

Get sleep apnea relief at our De Pere, WI dental office!

Although sleep apnea can affect anyone, not everyone with these risks factors will have it. Call today to schedule your free sleep consultation if you think you or your loved one may have sleep apnea.

If your CPAP machine or old sleep appliance is not working for you
Fox View Dental can help, call today.

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