Sleep Apnea Treatment in Brandon FL - Dental Laser Center
For many individuals, snoring is a regular part of their overnight breathing pattern. However, snoring can be an indicator of a larger issue. In particular, deep snoring can be a fundamental characteristic of sleep apnea, a breathing condition which often goes undiagnosed. If left untreated, sleep apnea can cause number of health problems ranging from daytime exhaustion to an increased likelihood of developing heart conditions in the future.
At the Dental Laser Center in Brandon, Dr. Gordillo helps patients alleviate their symptoms and enjoy a good night’s rest by creating the right type of oral appliance for their needs.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
While there are several different forms of this condition, the most common form of sleep apnea is known as obstructive sleep apnea. During this type of sleep apnea, the soft tissues at the back of the throat collapse, blocking the airway. The cessation of breathing typically lasts about 10 seconds, ending when the patient partially awakens to breathe. This cycle repeats itself throughout the night, leading to interrupted, non-restful sleep.
Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
As airway obstruction caused by sleep apnea only occurs while the patient is asleep, individuals may not recognize that they’re exhibiting sleep apnea symptoms. In order to be diagnosed for sleep apnea, patients undergo a three night sleep study. Known as a polysomnograph, this test evaluates your physical activities while you sleep. Following the home test, the results are evaluated by your physician.
Treating Sleep Apnea
Traditionally, treating sleep apnea has relied on the use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. This requires that patients wear a mask over their nose and mouth while they sleep, which continuously pushes air into their breathing passage. However, many patients have found CPAP machines to be restrictive when sleeping, making long-term compliance with this treatment difficult.
At the Dental Laser Center of Brandon, Dr. Gordillo uses alternative treatments to alleviate the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. In particular, many patients have found oral appliances to be an effective alternative to CPAP machines. Similar to a mouth guard, sleep apnea oral appliances are used to gently reposition the jaw in order to prevent the soft tissue from obstructing airflow.
When developing an oral appliances to treat sleep apnea, Dr. Gordillo uses advanced technology to take an in-depth look at each part of your smile. Digital impressions are then taken and send to a trusted laboratory where your custom oral appliance will be made. Once the appliance is ready, patients return to our Brandon dental office to ensure proper fit. Over the course of the following weeks, we closely monitor patients to ensure the appliance is effectively alleviating their sleep apnea symptoms. For certain patients, the oral appliance may be used in conjunction with a CPAP machine in order to maximize results.
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Every case of sleep apnea is unique, therefore requiring personalized care. By collaborating with local sleep physicians, Brandon dentist Dr. Gordillo is proud to offer comprehensive solutions that can improve your quality of life. For more information about your available treatment options, contact the Dental Laser Center today to schedule your oral appliance consultation.