Did you know that if you or your loved one snores loudly and feels tired after a full night’s sleep, the problem might be Sleep Apnea? According to the Mayo Clinic, sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. A new study by The American Academy of Sleep Medicine shows that moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is independently associated with an increased risk of stroke, cancer and death.
At Mitchell Dentistry we have launched a customized dental medical solution to help resolve obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Although this is one of the nation’s most important health issues, it is often overlooked. Apnea literally means “cessation of breath,” an often life-threatening issue that can be resolved with oral appliance therapy.
To diagnose OSA, Drs. James, Yolanda and Joseph Mitchell first administer a home sleep test that is read by a certified sleep physician. A copy of the report along with a recommendation is sent to the patient’s regular doctor. For mild to moderate cases, and even for some serious cases when the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) is not tolerated, the Mitchells customize a sleep appliance that has demonstrated evidence-based positive results.
Here’s what to look out for:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia)
- Loud snoring, which is usually more prominent in obstructive sleep apnea
- Episodes of breathing cessation during sleep witnessed by another person
- Abrupt awakenings accompanied by shortness of breath, which more likely indicates central sleep apnea
- Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat
- Morning headache
- Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)
- Attention problems
If you or your loved one is experiencing any of those symptoms, Mitchell Dentistry can assess if a dental appliance is the best course of action. For more information visit www.MitchellDentist.com or call 239.324.0621.