Sleep Apnea Specialist

Dental Care Olathe

Family and Cosmetic Dentist located in Olathe, KS

The National Sleep Foundation estimates that 18 million Americans have sleep apnea. Because the first signs of sleep apnea are throat redness, a small jaw, and grinding your teeth, experienced dentists at Dental Care Olathe in Olathe, Kansas, can examine your overall oral health and determine whether you have a sleeping disorder. For more questions regarding sleep apnea, call our office today or schedule your appointment online. Soon, the next Dental Care location will be opening in Overland Park, Kansas.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that occurs when your breathing is interrupted during sleep because of physical obstructions of the airway. Because you stop breathing repeatedly during your sleep for around eight to ten seconds at a time, sleep apnea can be a potentially serious disorder causing other health problems, such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Weight gain
  • Heart disease
  • Heart arrhythmias
  • Acid reflux
  • Depression
  • Car accidents

The reason for multiple cardiovascular system symptoms is because when your breathing passages collapse, air is prevented from entering the body, and your brain begins to panic.

In turn, your body reacts appropriately by increasing your heartbeat and blood pressure. This can startle you and slightly wake you. At this point, you begin to breathe again and oxygen levels return to normal. This can happen hundreds of time per night leading to a bad night’s rest.

Sleep apnea affects your physical and emotional well-being. Because of this, it’s crucial you visit Dental Care Olathe twice a year for your dental checkups. This way, our knowledgeable staff has the best chance of catching any abnormality in your oral health which could link to sleep apnea.

What treatments are available for sleep apnea?

If a sleep physician diagnoses you with sleep apnea, Dental Care Olathe can help you start oral appliance therapy using a mouth guard-like device to support your jaw in a forward position. This helps maintain an open airway during sleep, which helps reduce your snoring and irregular breathing.

How do the oral appliances work?

There are two main categories of oral appliances:

iMandibular advancement devices (MADs)

These devices look like mouth guards, and they alter the jaw and tongue position by projecting your mandible forward. This prevents your throat muscles from collapsing back into your airway.

Tongue retaining mouthpieces

These are similar to the MADs, but contain a specific compartment for your tongue using suction to keep it from rolling back into your throat. This device tends to be recommended for patients who cannot have their jaw repositioned forward.

If you have reason to believe you might have sleep apnea, call Dental Care Olathe to schedule a consultation today or book your appointment online.