If you’re reading this, you or someone you love has likely been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. The good news is that we can help! At iCare Family Dentistry, we can treat your OSA and help you get back on track.
If you’re ready to tackle this challenge head-on, keep reading for some helpful information about OSA and how we can help. From consultation to treatment, our team at iCare Family Dentistry will be with you every step of the way.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common disorder affecting millions worldwide. The condition is caused when the tongue and throat muscles relax, causing the airway to become blocked. This blockage interrupts airflow to the lungs, causing a person to stop breathing for short periods throughout the night.
OSA is more likely to happen if you are older, a man, overweight, or from a family with a history of sleep disorders.
When discussing the symptoms of OSA with your doctor, it is essential to be as specific as possible. That includes using the correct terminology and describing when you experience specific issues.
Using standardized scales to measure the severity of your condition is also helpful. This can include the STOP-BANG questionnaire and Berlin apnea scale. Several tests can also be used to diagnose and treat OSA, including:
These tests measure your brain waves, heart rate, blood oxygen levels, and breathing patterns during sleep. The information is then used to determine if you have OSA and how severe your symptoms are.
Being overweight is one of the main risk factors for OSA, so measuring your body fat percentage can be helpful.
Dental care is crucial to treating OSA. Your dentist can help treat and prevent OSA by cleaning and removing bacteria from your teeth and gums. They can also help prevent future issues by performing regular cleanings and sealants.
If you have a retainer or mouthguard, it can also be modified to help treat your OSA. Many dentists will also work with your doctor to design a mouthguard that will keep your airway open while you sleep and prevent your tongue and jaw from falling back and blocking your airway.
If you are diagnosed with OSA, your doctor may prescribe a continuous positive airway pressure machine (CPAP). This device is designed to keep your airway open while you sleep by blowing air into your throat.
A CPAP machine can be cumbersome and uncomfortable, especially for someone not used to it. Sleep apnea bridges and other dental tools can make CPAP machines less painful and make treatment more pleasant.
We are passionate about helping patients manage their OSA through comprehensive oral care. At iCare Family Dentistry, we take the time to get to know you and your oral health needs.
Our team will work with you to find the best treatment option for your situation and provide ongoing care to keep you comfortable and healthy. We believe that every patient deserves personalized treatment and attention to detail.
From the moment you walk through our doors until the time you walk out, you will receive exceptional care. Your experience with us will go beyond dental treatment and include a full-service experience.
Fortunately, some treatments can help you improve your sleep apnea and prevent these problems. If you’re struggling with sleep apnea, don’t wait any longer!
Make an appointment with iCare Family Dentistry Clinic today for treatment by our board-certified dentist.
We’ll work with you to find a treatment plan that works for your needs, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have along the way.
iCare Family Dentistry is a team of caring and compassionate professionals who are passionate about helping patients achieve their smile goals. You may be reading this because you or someone you love has been diagnosed with OSA. You may feel overwhelmed and ready to throw in the towel, but don’t give up! OSA is a serious condition and can be scary, but it doesn’t have to control your life.
We want to help you get back on track, so don’t hesitate to reach out. Let us help you tackle this challenge head-on and get your life back on track. We are ready to help you and want to be your partner in progress. With our expertise and your commitment, we can help you win the battle against OSA.
At iCare Family Dentistry, we understand that keeping your family healthy is a top priority. That’s why we’re here to provide the highest quality dental care with flexible appointments and affordable treatments. We work hard to maintain our patient's oral health, which helps them enjoy a happier, healthier lifestyle.
At iCare Family Dentistry, we believe in caring for our patients as part of our family. That’s why we try to provide the best service and experience possible, so you can feel comfortable knowing you’ll be in good hands. We want each patient to leave our office with a smile on their face!
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We care about your oral health at iCare Family Dentistry. We accomplish this by addressing all current and potential dental issues during your visit.