Get A Good Night Sleep with Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment in Tulsa, OK
If you are suffering from sleep apnea, trust Dr. Cobble, your Tulsa, OK dentist, for snoring and sleep apnea treatment. End the sleepless night after sleepless night. And because you’re snoring so loudly, you’re probably making your loved ones miss out on sleep as well.
Types of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a medical condition marked by difficulties breathing during sleep. There are three types:
- Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles around your throat relax too much during sleep. Their weight collapses your airway, preventing you from breathing.
- Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain doesn’t send the signals to keep breathing while you sleep.
- Mixed (or complex) sleep apnea is when you have both problems.
If these breathing interruptions happened only once or twice during the night, they wouldn’t be a concern. People with sleep apnea, however, feel like they’re suffocating — even if they aren’t aware of it. You wake suddenly, gasping for air, but the problem goes away as soon as you start to wake. Because you’re not fully awake before you can breathe again, you quickly fall back asleep. Then, minutes later, your breathing stops, you wake up partially, everything is fine, you fall back asleep … this cycle can repeat more than 200 times in a single night of sleep.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Often, persistent snoring is a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. As the muscles around your throat slowly relax, they push down on your windpipe. As this narrows, the air you are breathing in has less space. This creates a vibration that produces a deep noise (snoring), similar to how narrowing your lips make whistling noises.
As your windpipe closes more, the noise gets worse. Then there’s the gasping for air as you suddenly wake. While this happens with obstructive sleep apnea, all forms of sleep apnea usually result in some noise.
Losing Sleep is Bad for Your HealthRead Transcript
Sleep apnea is one of the most undiagnosed conditions in the country. Recent studies have shown that a person with undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea will, on average, have a lifespan that is 12 to 14 years shorter than somebody that breathes and sleeps well. By comparison, a smoker shortens his life, on average, by eight to 10 years. What we do is we use a pulse ox to send home a patient, complimentary, to determine how severe of a problem they might have, and it's a screening test only. If the study shows that their oxygen level drops only into the mild to moderate deprivation range, then they're an idea candidate for a sleep appliance. They are very effective at reducing or eliminating snoring and also at helping the patient oxygenate normally so it has far ranging impacts because when your organs are not oxygenating properly, obviously your healing response is reduced. Their blood pressure tends to spike at least 30%. There are studies showing increase in cancer—on and on. It's just a huge issue that people are not diagnosed that have that problem.
All it does, it's basically an appliance that fits over the top teeth, the lower arch, and positions the lower jaw further forward, opening the throat. That increase in the volumetric flow through the opened throat is very effective at eliminating the breathing problems and the snoring problems.
When it comes to sleep apnea, you’re not just losing a little sleep. You’re never getting a good night’s rest. You can wake up more than 200 times each night. Not only do you lose oxygen during every apnea episode, but you also don’t get anywhere near the rest your body and mind need to stay healthy.
In the short term, you can face problems with irritability, fatigue, stress, inability to focus at work or home, and even accidents. In the long term, the problems get worse. People with this kind of sleep disorder often suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, hypertension, heart disease, hormone imbalances, depression, and more.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
There are several warning signs associated with sleep apnea. Snoring is the big one. Everyone snores on occasion. If you are snoring loudly and almost every night, you may have some form of sleep apnea.
At our Tulsa, OK dental office, we offer comprehensive sleep apnea treatment, including diagnosis. We can provide a take-home sleep study that will measure your breathing overnight and help determine whether you have sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Treatment from the Dentist!
If your sleep apnea is mild or moderate, we can help. One common sleep apnea treatment we offer is a dental appliance. This small device, similar to a mouthguard, is customized to your teeth. You wear it when you go to sleep.
The appliance helps you to keep breathing by changing how your jaw rests, which can help your throat stay open at night. With this dental appliance, you’re more likely to finally get a good night’s rest.
We also offer NightLase™, a dental laser treatment that can tighten the tissue near the back of the throat. This makes the tissue less likely to collapse and stop you from breathing. The benefits of NightLase™ aren’t only felt at night. The fact that the tissue tightens and opens the airway enables increased airflow during the day. That increased oxygen flow often creates less fatigue and more energy for the patient.