If you suffer from chronic snoring, visit Bell Dental Group for a free consultation to find out if you could use sleep apnea treatment. Snoring robs you of restful sleep, which negatively impacts your overall health.
To help keep you well-rested and healthy, the Bell Dental Group team offers custom oral appliances and other sleep apnea services at our Cincinnati, OH dentist office.Dr. Charles Bell on Sleep Apnea Read Transcript
Sleep apnea is a situation where we're really starting to understand how prevalent of a problem it is. 15 years ago, your sleep apnea patient was typically a man, 50 years old, who could lose 50 pounds, that was kind of the standard back then. Now we're finding that has absolutely very little predictive value. We've treated patients that are little 90 pound gymnasts who have sleep apnea. But it's much more prevalent than we think. We're also finding that there are a lot of health issues that are related to sleep apnea that we had no idea. So it's become a very important thing for people to get diagnosed and to get treated. Because left untreated there can be some significant health issues, cardiac issues, blood pressure issues, a lot of things that can go on, and just lifestyle quality. I've had patients that are truck drivers and they literally have to get tested for sleep apnea before they can work for the company, because they're afraid these guys are going to fall asleep at the wheel. It's pretty impressive how treatment can help.
Dentists, what we can do, we're an alternative to CPAP, which is kind of the most common thing that you think of with sleep apnea, which is basically a machine that forces air down the pipe so you get more oxygenation. The mouth guards, we can make, the oral appliances, I should call them, actually position your jaw to open the airway more, so that your normal flow, given the larger opening, you can be resolved that way, as opposed to accepting the opening that you have and forcing more air down. For a lot of people with mild to moderate apnea, these sleep appliances work very well. The compliance on CPAP is very poor, it's kind of an uncomfortable thing to go through, and a lot of people sleep it over in the corner and don't do it.
Sleep Apnea Explained
Sleep apnea is a disorder that interrupts normal breathing during sleep. In more serious cases, patients may stop breathing hundreds of times a night.
There are two types of sleep apnea:
- Obstructive sleep apnea, which causes a blockage in your breathing because tissue in your throat relaxes during sleep
- Central sleep apnea, which occurs when your brain fails to signal normal breathing
Common Sleep Apnea Symptoms
For professional help with sleep apnea, you should visit the team at Bell Dental Group. We will help you find a sleep study center and then help you determine the best treatment options. For your reference, here are some common sleep apnea symptoms:
- Frequent migraines or headaches, especially in the morning
- Chronic snoring
- Suddenly waking up to the feeling of choking or gasping
- Frequently waking with a sore or dry throat
- Sleepiness or inability to focus during the day
Comfortable, Custom Solutions Alleviate Sleep Apnea
If you have sleep apnea, you may have been recommended a CPAP machine. While CPAP machines can help in many cases of sleep apnea, many of our patients have found them uncomfortable and awkward.
That’s why we exclusively use custom oral appliances to treat sleep apnea! Dr. David Bell has received special training in treatments involving the Klearway™ device. Just wear the oral appliance while you sleep to shift the position of your jaw and ensure proper breathing.