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William U. Britton DDS, MAGD | Sleep Apnea in Chillicothe

William U. Britton DDS, MAGD

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Sleep Apnea
 

What can I do about Snoring?

If you feel your snoring is a problem, discusss it with your dentist or doctor.  You may be a suitable candidate for an oral appliance (oral airway dilator), which is one of the most efficient and effective methods for treating primary snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

How does an Oral Appliance work?

The appliance is fitted by your dentist and works by moving your lower jaw and tongue forward, thereby creating more space for you to properly breathe during the night.  This reduces or eliminates snoring.  However, you must be aware that snoring can indicate a more serious problem called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

How does snoring indicate Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Snoring is often a precursor to something more serious called Obstructive Sleep Apnea.  Snoring and OSA are similar respiratory sleep disorders.

  • Snoring occurs when the air you breathe vibrates the tissues of the airway due to blocked or narrowed airways (nose, mouth or throat).
  • OSA occurs when your breathing regularly stops or is slowed for 10 seconds or longer due to blocked or narrowed airways (nose, mouth or throat).

Airway blockage may be caused by excess tissue in the throat or nasal passages, large tonsils, a large tongue and sometimes the structure of the jaw itself.

Why is Obstructive Sleep Apnea a serious problem?

Your body is being robbed of the rest it needs to function properly during the day when you are constantly awoken throughout the night.

  OSA symptoms include:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Feeling exhausted after a normal night of sleep
  • Headaches
  • Depression

 

  Symptoms that your bed partner is likely aware of:

  • Frequent episodes of obstructed breathing during sleep
  • Snoring, gasps, choking or gurgling sound
  • Bruxism (tooth grinding)

 

  Long term symptoms:

  • Increased risk for hypertension and cardiovascular disease
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Compromised immune system
  • Irritability
  • Learning and memory problems
  • Poor mental and emotional health

 

OSA is classified as mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the number of apnea events (cessation of breath) or slow breathing (hypopnea) per hour.

Treatment Options:

In addition to lifestyle changes such as good sleep hygiene, exercise and weight loss, there are three primary ways to treat snoring and OSA:

  1. CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure)
  2. Surgery
  3. Oral Appliance Therapy.

 

An Oral Appliance may be indicated for:

  • Patients with primary snoring or mild to moderate OSA who do not respond to behavioral measures such as weight loss or sleep position change.
  • Patients with moderate to severe OSA who are intolerant of or refuse treatment with nasal CPAP.

 

The Moses

American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine

 

 
 
Chillicothe Dentist | Sleep Apnea. William U. Britton is a Chillicothe Dentist.
 
William U Britton DDS, MAGD
7 Medical Drive
Chillicothe, OH 45601
(740)722-2225    (740)286-3033