Excellence in Seminars Presents:
November 13, 2014
What to Expect from Advanced Tissue Grafting
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder in which a person’s breathing is interrupted while asleep. People with undiagnosed sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly while asleep, sometimes hundreds of times. This is a dangerous sleep disorder because it means that the body and the brain may not get enough oxygen.
Sleep Apnea is a medical condition that must be managed by a physician. However, dental appliance therapy can help/assist/supplement when this therapy is coordinated with the patient's physician.
There are two types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and central sleep apnea (CSA).
Sleep apnea can affect anyone at any age, even children. Risk factors for sleep apnea include:
The following symptoms can indicate the presence of sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is considered a serious medical problem. If left untreated, it can lead to high blood pressure and an increased risk for heart failure and stroke. The ongoing state of fatigue caused by sleep apnea may lead to problems at school or work as well as danger when driving or operating heavy machinery. Sleep apnea can also cause complications with medications or surgery.
Sleep Apnea is a medical condition that must be managed by a physician. However, dental appliance therapy can sometimes help when this therapy is coordinated with the patient’s physician.
Dental treatments for sleep apnea vary depending on the severity of each patient’s case and the type of apnea involved. Basic treatments may simply be behavioral and include losing weight, stopping smoking, or sleeping on the side rather than the back. If basic treatments fail to work, however, oral devices can be used to position the mouth in such a way that it prevents throat blockage. In severe cases, surgery is often the best option. Please contact us if you are currently seeking medical treatment for your sleep apnea condition. Dental therapies that are applied in conjunction with those prescribed by your physician can sometimes alleviate your symptoms of sleep apnea.
Dr. James M. Finley, located in Lafayette, LA, is a Periodontist who serves patients from Lafayette, Crowley, Breaux Bridge, Opelousas, St. Martinville, New Iberia, Abbeville, Maurice, and surrounding areas. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!