Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea

SLEEP APNEA

SLEEP APNEA

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WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA?

OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA (OSA) IS A COMMON DISORDER AFFECTING AT LEAST 2 TO 4% OF THE ADULT POPULATION. OSA happens during sleep when the tongue and soft palate falls to the back of the throat and completely blocks the airway. Ultimately this shuts off oxygen intake, and you can’t breathe. Sleep is then interrupted multiple times during the night resulting in a poor night’s sleep.

Although everyone can develop OSA, some people are at a higher risk than others.

WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA?

OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA (OSA) IS A COMMON DISORDER AFFECTING AT LEAST 2 TO 4% OF THE ADULT POPULATION. OSA happens during sleep when the tongue and soft palate falls to the back of the throat and completely blocks the airway. Ultimately this shuts off oxygen intake, and you can’t breathe. Sleep is then interrupted multiple times during the night resulting in a poor night’s sleep.

Although everyone can develop OSA, some people are at a higher risk than others.

The most common risk factors that increase your likelihood of getting sleep apnea are:

The most common risk factors that increase your likelihood of getting sleep apnea are:

OVERWEIGHT/
OBESITY

HAVING A
THICKER NECK

NARROWED
AIRWAY

BEING A
MAN

OVERWEIGHT/ OBESITY

NARROWED AIRWAY

HAVING A THICKER NECK

BEING A MAN

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NASAL
CONGESTION

OLDER
AGE

SMOKING

MENOPAUSE

NASAL CONGESTION

OLDER AGE

SMOKING

MENOPAUSE

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USE OF ALCOHOL,
TRANQUILIZERS, AND
SEDATIVES

LARGE OVERBITE
OR RECESSED CHIN

LARGE TONSILS
OR ADENOIDS

FAMILY HISTORY
OF SLEEP APNEA

USE OF ALCOHOL, TRANQUILIZERS, AND SEDATIVES

LARGE OVERBITE OR RECESSED CHIN

LARGE TONSILS OR ADENOIDS

FAMILY HISTORY OF SLEEP APNEA

People who suffer from OSA are constantly tired, fall asleep easily during the day, have trouble concentrating, and can even have bad breath.

People who suffer from OSA are constantly tired, fall asleep easily during the day, have trouble concentrating, and can even have bad breath.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

Loud snoring, witnessed breathing interruptions, or awakenings due to gasping or choking for air. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the presence of 15 or more respiratory events per hour of sleep can be sufficient to diagnose OSA and due to the greater association of this severity of obstruction can put someone at greater risk with important consequences such as increased cardiovascular disease risk.

What many people don’t know is that sleep apnea could be closely related to poor oral health. Bearing in mind that OSA increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases and that dental problems could play a role, this only shows that heart health is closely related to the health of oral cavity. How is sleep apnea associated with your dental health? Well, the relationship between the two is complicated but still evident.

In many cases, tooth grinding or bruxism is the very first sign of OSA. When you tense the jaw and grind your teeth, it sends a message to the brain to wake up so you can take a breath. Grinding causes tooth wear and breakage, and it also leads to inflamed, receding gums. The rise in dental caries can also contribute to grinding. Besides bruxism, small jaw and tongue with scalloped edges could be a sign of sleep apnea too.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

Loud snoring, witnessed breathing interruptions, or awakenings due to gasping or choking for air. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the presence of 15 or more respiratory events per hour of sleep can be sufficient to diagnose OSA and due to the greater association of this severity of obstruction can put someone at greater risk with important consequences such as increased cardiovascular disease risk.

What many people don’t know is that sleep apnea could be closely related to poor oral health. Bearing in mind that OSA increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases and that dental problems could play a role, this only shows that heart health is closely related to the health of oral cavity. How is sleep apnea associated with your dental health? Well, the relationship between the two is complicated but still evident.

In many cases, tooth grinding or bruxism is the very first sign of OSA. When you tense the jaw and grind your teeth, it sends a message to the brain to wake up so you can take a breath. Grinding causes tooth wear and breakage, and it also leads to inflamed, receding gums. The rise in dental caries can also contribute to grinding. Besides bruxism, small jaw and tongue with scalloped edges could be a sign of sleep apnea too.

ORAL APPLIANCES

AN ORAL APPLIANCE SUCH AS A MOUTH GUARD CAN ALLEVIATE OSA SYMPTOMS. These appliances are designed to move the jaw forward to keep the airway open while you sleep while preventing your tongue from falling back. Dentists with training in oral appliance therapy are familiar with such designs. The practitioner can determine which one is best suited for you. We perform airway analysis with dental cone beam CT to further investigate this problem and help you tackle it properly. The dentist also informs you about other ways to prevent caries and protect dental health, thereby to prevent cardiovascular disease and other problems.

ORAL APPLIANCES

AN ORAL APPLIANCE SUCH AS A MOUTH GUARD CAN ALLEVIATE OSA SYMPTOMS. These appliances are designed to move the jaw forward to keep the airway open while you sleep while preventing your tongue from falling back. Dentists with training in oral appliance therapy are familiar with such designs. The practitioner can determine which one is best suited for you. We perform airway analysis with dental cone beam CT to further investigate this problem and help you tackle it properly. The dentist also informs you about other ways to prevent caries and protect dental health, thereby to prevent cardiovascular disease and other problems.

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GETTING STARTED

Dr. Amin Samadian and his staff will be happy to discuss sleep apnea with you through a free consultation to determine the next steps for you. Upon consultation, if you determine you would like to move forward in treatment, it can be scheduled with Dr. Samadian and our concierge staff will be more than happy to assist you with travel accommodations.

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A member from our staff will be in touch with you shortly.

GETTING STARTED

Dr. Amin Samadian and his staff will be happy to discuss sleep apnea with you through a free consultation to determine the next steps for you. Upon consultation, if you determine you would like to move forward in treatment, it can be scheduled with Dr. Samadian and our concierge staff will be more than happy to assist you with travel accommodations.

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To get started click the link below

A member from our staff will be in touch with you shortly.

GETTING STARTED

Dr. Amin Samadian and his staff will be happy to discuss sleep apnea with you through a free consultation to determine the next steps for you. Upon consultation, if you determine you would like to move forward in treatment, it can be scheduled with Dr. Samadian and our concierge staff will be more than happy to assist you with travel accommodations.

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To get started click the link below

A member from our staff will be in touch with you shortly.