As part of our dedication to improving the health and lives of others we will screen patients for Sleep-Disordered Breathing (SDB). We will facilitate a test for a diagnosis with either a home sleep test or in-lab test. For those who are candidates we will make a dental sleep device to wear at night while sleeping that is intended to reduce or alleviate nighttime snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
We want to help patients sleep better, breathe better, feel better, and live longer!
Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment Options
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the upper airway collapses during sleep. This may be partial (hypopnea) or complete (apnea), and results in fragmentation of sleep. The airway collapses last at least 10 seconds; in some cases; 20, 30 and even up to one minute. When a person stops breathing he/she experiences drops in blood oxygen levels or arousals from sleep. Sleep apnea episodes are associated with a spike in blood pressure and heart rate elevation. This is very stressful on the heart.
In summary, a person falls asleep and shortly afterwards they quit breathing for 10 seconds or more. When breathing stops, oxygen levels drop and the heart is in overdrive trying to pump blood and oxygen. The heart rate goes up. This can happen dozens of times during the night for some people.
SNORING AND SLEEP APNEA
In many instances, snoring is the first indicator of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), however, a person can have sleep apnea and not snore!
How Serious Is It?
OSA is potentially life threatening. Most people don’t know they have it. In fact, 90% of sleep apnea is undiagnosed. It is extremely important to be tested for a diagnosis using a home sleep test or an in-lab setting.
Can Sleep Apnea Be Treated?
Yes, most adults can benefit from specific treatment.
CPAP- Continuous Positive Airway Pressure- A mask is worn over the nose producing a continuous airflow through the nasal passage to hold the airway open.
Surgery- Procedures can be performed to correct physical abnormalities of the nose and throat that compromise nighttime breathing.
Dental Devices- Dental devices are custom-fit made that will assist in opening airways. Dental devices are most effective for mild-to-moderate sleep apnea. If a person cannot tolerate wearing a CPAP, a dental device can be an alternative.
Our Goals, Hope, and Protocol in Our Practice
Dr. Zeigler and his team want to help people feel better, breathe better, and live a better quality of life. We have implemented a system for people that will take them from the beginning of treatment to the end. Our care starts with screening our patients every year for sleep apnea. Dr. Zeigler will facilitate a sleep test either with a home sleep test or in-lab to get a proper diagnosis. We will consult each patient and review in detail with them their sleep test results. We will work with the patient’s health care provider to implement a proper plan for them. If a person can’t tolerate wearing their CPAP, they may benefit from a dental sleep device. For those who are candidates for an oral sleep device, we will make a custom-fit device to wear at night. But it doesn’t end there. We will help manage any side effects and do an annual follow up visit.
Sounds Great! How Do I Get Started?
It all starts with you reaching out for help. We encourage all patients to visit their dentist (that would be us!) and their PCP on a regular basis. We can’t help you if you don’t come to see us! Call our office. Our staff can help direct you to a better quality of life.
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OSA STATS and FACTS
• Over 20 million Americans suffer from OSA
• 90% of people are undiagnosed and unaware that they have this deadly disease
• Marriages can be strained due to severe snoring
• Your partner can lose up to 1 hour of sleep per night due to snoring
• A person does not have to feel tired or sleepy to have Sleep-Disordered Breathing
• Anyone can have apnea, even children
• 8 out of 10 cardiology referrals have apnea
• Diabetes (4 of every 10 have apnea)
• Heart Failure (2 of every 3 have apnea)
• 68% of stroke patients have Sleep-Disordered Breathing
• Obese men or women (2 of every 3 have apnea)
• Many dental disorders are related to Sleep-Disordered Breathing such
as worn teeth, sensitive teeth, cracked teeth, clenching, grinding, TMD/TMJ
• Only a sleep test (home or in-lab) can diagnose
• A home sleep test can be done in the comfort of your home
• A sleep test will tell you how many times you quit breathing per night
• A sleep test will tell you how long your oxygen levels drop during sleep
• Moderate to severe sleep apnea triples stroke risks in men
• Heavy snoring significantly increases the risk of carotid atherosclerosis
• OSA patients are 7 times more likely than non-OSA patients to be involved in car accidents