Dr. Caroline and her team are not just concerned with the health of your mouth, but the overall health of all our patients as well.
Snoring may be more than just annoying!
If you answer yes to several of these questions, you may be at risk for a sleep related breathing disorder known as sleep apnea, the "Silent Killer".
Sleep apnea is the cessation of breathing for ten seconds or more when sleeping. It is usually caused by the tongue falling back and blocking the airway. When this occurs the resulting drop in oxygen in your bloodstream can gradually and cumulatively over time deprive your vital organs of the necessary oxygen they need to function and repair themselves. Sleep apnea interrupts the sleep cycles so that you do not reach the deeper stages of sleep crucial for the regeneration of tissues. It can put you at an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and other health concerns.
At our office we are pleased to provide complimentary screening for this disorder. Should your results indicate that a sleep study be warranted, we can offer a take-home overnight sleep monitor. The results from this monitor are sent to a Sleep Physician for diagnosis. The treatment for sleep apnea is based on your diagnosis. Severe cases may necessitate the wearing of a Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) machine to force air past the blockage, but mild to moderate cases may be treatable with a dental appliance.
By offering this screening and testing service, we hope to create awareness of the seriousness of sleep disordered breathing.
If you or a loved one might benefit from a complimentary consultation, please call us at 403-346-0077!