Sleep Disturbances & Apnea

Defining the problem

The doctors at PDG are uniquely qualified to provide patients with this service due to their comprehensive care approach and extensive training  in the fabrication of oral prosthetics.

SNORING

Snoring is the sound of obstructed breathing during sleep. While snoring can be harmless, it can also be the sign of a more serious medical condition which progresses from upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS) to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).  Snoring occurs when the structures in the throat are large and when the muscles relax enough to cause the airway to narrow and partially obstruct the flow of air. As air tries to passes through these obstructions, the throat structures vibrate causing the sound we know as snoring.   Insert picture to the right showing an open airway and a closed airway

OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA

Sleep apnea causes the airway at the back of the mouth to close during sleep. When our airway closes, breathing stops and the body is deprived of oxygen. Breathing can stop many times in one night and each stoppage can last more than 30-60 seconds. As a result, people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have disrupted sleep, and low blood oxygen levels. Despite the seriousness of this condition as many as 80% of people with sleep apnea may be undiagnosed, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

MEDICAL HEALTH RISKS

  • Stroke
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Heartburn
  • Increased risk of death

Prestipino Dental Group Solutions

The doctors at PDG provide an alternative to treatment devices like the CPAP. Schedule a patient consultation and resolve your sleep apnea problems. To learn if you are a candidate for these alternative oral appliances – schedule your consultation now.

Call 301.652.2300 or click the link below to schedule your consultation!

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