Sleep apnea affects over 18 million adults in the United States by conservative estimates. Because sleepless nights can lead to chronic daily fatigue that can affect your work and daily activities, James Hill, DDS, and the team at Madison Lakes Dental, Wisconsin, provide integrative sleep apnea care. If you wake up feeling groggy, snore regularly, or have poor concentration, book an exam through the website. You can also call to schedule a sleep apnea session by phone.
Sleep Apnea Q & A
What causes sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that leads to disruptions in your breathing patterns while you sleep. This serious and harmful condition can lower your quality of life. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, which your dentist can help treat.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles that line the back of your throat relax, which causes your airway to collapse. In early stages, you may find that you wake up because of your loud snoring as you struggle to breathe during sleep.
This type of sleep apnea may be associated with:
- Narrow upper airway
- Being overweight
- Recessed chin
- Large overbite
No matter what’s causing your sleep apnea, Madison Lakes Dental can help.
When should I see a dentist for sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is never something you should ignore, even if you think your symptoms are minor or infrequent. The team at Madison Lakes Dental encourage you to book a sleep apnea appointment as soon as possible if you experience any of these issues:
- Daytime fatigue
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Poor memory and focus (brain fog)
- Waking up frequently to catch your breath
Without proper treatment, sleep apnea can affect your work or school performance, make you irritable, and even lead to depression. Before your sleep apnea takes over another night of sleep, contact Madison Lakes Dental for an evaluation.
How does a dentist treat sleep apnea?
Because obstructive sleep apnea means that your airway collapses, keeping your airway open is critical. The team at Madison Lakes Dental provides custom night guards to help with sleep apnea.
Your night guard (also called a mouthguard or occlusal appliance) fits comfortably into your mouth while you sleep and holds your lower jaw in a forward position. This effect opens up your airway and keeps it open, so you breathe easier while you sleep restfully.
Before you struggle with another night of sleep apnea, contact Madison Lakes Dental to get started on treatment. Book your sleep apnea exam online or by phone today.