for Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea can impact your sleep, your health, and your partner. This condition is caused by a blocked airway and can result in loud snoring and constant disruptions throughout the night. Drs. Martin Farnsworth and Derek Farnsworth can diagnose sleep apnea and design treatment tailored to you. At our Mesa, AZ, office, we combine non-surgical oral appliances and air pressure devices to help you sleep more soundly. If you have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea and are still suffering from symptoms, we can evaluate your current treatment and make adjustments if necessary.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea vs. Central Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a very common disorder that is characterized by shallow breathing during sleep. This condition has several causes. The tongue can slip back into the airway or the throat muscles can relax and obstruct the flow of air. Alternatively, enlarged tonsils and adenoids can interfere with breathing. When airflow into your lungs is restricted, it can result in loud snoring and a drop in blood oxygen levels, which can disturb sleep. Patients with OSA often awaken throughout the night.
We provide non-surgical, therapeutic oral appliances to relieve your symptoms.
Central sleep apnea is not caused by an obstruction in the airway and cannot be corrected by a therapeutic device. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain does not signal your body to inhale. It requires the attention of a specialist.
You are at a higher risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea if you are overweight, a smoker, male, or have a family history of the condition. Although you may not notice any abnormalities, a spouse or family member can identify symptoms while you sleep. Common signs of sleep apnea include:
- General fatigue during the day
- Headaches in the morning
- Difficulty concentrating
- Mood swings and irritability
- Dry mouth or a sore throat when you wake up
Sleep apnea has been linked to serious health concerns including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Whether you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or are seeking diagnosis, Drs. Martin and Derek Farnsworth can tailor treatment based entirely on your sleep patterns.
Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
During your initial consultation, we can review your symptoms and your history of treatment. If you have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea and have an oral appliance, we can adjust your treatment to more effectively reduce your symptoms.
If you have not been diagnosed, we can conduct a sleep study. We can provide you with a sleep apnea monitor to take home. Once we collect the data, we will be able to properly diagnose your level of sleep apnea. If your case is mild to moderate, an oral appliance may alleviate your symptoms. If your sleep apnea is severe, we may recommend a continuous positive airway pressure device, also known as CPAP.
How Can We Help?
We provide non-surgical, therapeutic oral appliances to relieve your symptoms. Oral appliances keep your airways open during the night by drawing the lower jaw slightly forward. Our appliances are created at an offsite Medicare-certified laboratory and designed to fit comfortably in your smile. The turnaround time to fabricate an appliance is seven to 10 days. We offer TAP and Myerson EMA® oral appliances and recommend the best option for you.
Importance of Treatment
Lack of sleep can result in depression, high blood pressure, confusion, and memory loss. However, the National Center for Biotechnology Information has found that oral appliance therapy can effectively treat sleep apnea and address some behavioral and psychological symptoms without the need for surgery. Patients who sleep soundly are likely to have more energy throughout the day, and they are also better able to concentrate. Additionally, sleep can improve cardiovascular health and overall health.
Schedule a Consultation
Whether you have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea or are seeking treatment, our doctors can design a plan that is tailored to your sleep patterns. Call our office at (480) 283-5854 or contact us online to schedule an appointment at Las Sendas Dental Health.