Sleep Dentistry/Sleep Apnea (SBD, OSA)
50% of the population struggles with Sleep breathing disorders. Of those 20% have Obstructive Sleep Apnea while 40% of us snore. These are all examples of airway compromise. Dr. Garza has extensive training in Physiologic OSA and our care is saving lives! We screen every patient and issue a home sleep test for our patients when indicated.
What is Sleep Apnea (Sleep Dentistry)?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that involves repeated breathing interruptions during sleep. The number of interruptions may vary throughout the night. When a person is awake, their muscles are able to hold their airway open. While sleeping, these muscles tend to relax, but the airway will continue to stay open. Sleep apnea occurs when the airway is blocked causing shallow breathing or breathing pauses during sleep.
What Is the Difference Between Snoring and Sleep Apnea?
Snoring may be a symptom of sleep apnea or it may be the primary cause of disrupted sleep (yours or someone else’s).
We typically snore when the nasal passageways become swollen and narrowed. This could be due to allergies or a cold, a deviated septum or other condition. Narrowing creates a partial obstruction so, when air passes through the airway, the soft tissues of the throat vibrate, creating sound.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which the affected person stops breathing altogether. Respiration may cease for several seconds at a time and may occur hundreds of times a night.
How To Stop Snoring
If you are not sleeping with your bed partner due to snoring and/or sleep divorce. We have the answer! It’s called Nightlase or Snorelase. The Fotona Laser can tighten up that flappy throat area. Our patients have a 50% reduction after the first 10 minute Laser treatment. No, it doesn’t cut and doesn’t require anesthesia. The Laser simply warms the soft palate causing the collagen to tighten. The result is an enlargement of the airway within the oropharynx. The second and third treatments are performed in 2-week intervals and the snoring reduction is another 30% each visit. If you are not getting restful sleep and snoring is interfering with your life, Call our office today!
Types of Sleep Apnea
There are three common types of sleep apnea:
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when the airway is blocked by relaxed muscle tissue
- Central Sleep Apnea: Central Sleep Apnea occurs when the brain “forgets” to direct muscles to breathe
- Complex Sleep Apnea: Complex Sleep Apnea is a combination of obstructive and central sleep apnea
What Causes Sleep Apnea?
Certain factors may play a role in causing sleep apnea, including obesity, cardiovascular problems and smoking. If you have enlarged tonsils or throat and tongue muscles that are more relaxed, this could also cause some level of sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Individuals with sleep apnea may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Loud snoring
- Abrupt awakenings while sleeping
Respiration may cease for several seconds at a time and may occur hundreds of times a night.
How Does Dr. Garza Diagnose Sleep Apnea?
Dr. Garza offers home sleep testing that evaluates sleep. The home testing device may measure aspects of your sleep activity including your heart rate, blood oxygen level, airflow and breathing patterns. The findings of a home sleep test help us understand how to properly treat your sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
We are pleased to offer non-surgical and non-invasive options that lessen sleep apnea episodes. Dr. John Garza is partnered with Medibyte and Breabon to provide accurate test results for your diagnosis. The results are read by a board certified sleep physician and Dr. Garza who will then prescribe a treatment plan. OSA is serious and life threatening. Contact our office today to learn how we can help.
What Is the MicrO2 Appliance?
MicrO2 sleep apnea therapy is a form of mandible advancement that facilitates air flow while you sleep. The FDA-approved oral appliance is made using CAD/CAM technology to ensure optimal fit over the upper and lower arches. The way that mandible advancement works is by precisely shifting the lower jaw forward. By doing this, the airway widens and remains in a supported open position. There are several mandible advancement devices available today. Dr. Garza prefers the MicrO2 appliance because it supports the physiologic position of the teeth, joints and muscles for ultimate comfort. Since 4 out of 5 patients are CPAP intolerant, The Micro2 is the best choice and easy to travel with.
Benefits of the Micro2 Appliance
MicrO2 is appealing because:
- It is easy to use
- The device can be adjusted for comfort and effective airway opening
- CAD/CAM manufacturing achieves a precision fit
- The low profile of the device makes it comfortable
- Contoured edges prevent irritation to the lips and cheeks
- Two-part device enables free jaw movement
What Is CPAP?
CPAP stands for continual positive airway pressure. This medical therapy involves oxygen delivery directly into the nasal passageways via a small nose piece or mask. The air is sent from a machine that sits next to the bed. Air continuously travels through a hose and the mask at a rate of pressure that keeps the airway open.
Benefits of CPAP Treatment
The primary benefit of CPAP treatment is that this therapy can prevent apnea episodes related to obstructive sleep apnea. However, many patients seek out alternatives to CPAP due to intolerance or unpleasant side effects.
What Is Snorelase?
Snorelase is a program that incorporates lifestyle suggestions alongside in-office laser treatments using NightLase® therapy. The patient-friendly laser treatment usually takes less than 30 minutes. It is painless and can begin to decrease sleep apnea symptoms after the very first session. Laser sleep apnea treatment works by strengthening the tissues of the soft palate through collagen production. When the tissue of the soft palate absorbs laser energy, fibroblast cells increase their production of collagen protein. Tissue contraction begins immediately. Strengthening occurs progressively and improves over the course of approximately 3 treatments.
Benefits of Snorelase
Patients appreciate several aspects of Snorelase, including:
- No surgery, incisions, or anesthesia
- Comfortable treatments
- No downtime
- Measurable results are tracked using a simple app
- Improvement may occur after the first treatment
Risk Factors of Untreated Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that requires intervention in order to prevent severe outcomes. Without adequate air flow during sleep, a person may suffer a number of worsening consequences. Severe daytime sleepiness from a lack of sleep could result in an increased risk of accidents as well as uncontrollable mood swings. Sleep apnea also increases the risk for heart conditions such as heart attack, stroke and insulin resistance.