Sleep Dentistry/Sleep Apnea (SBD, OSA)
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.
Sleep Apnea Causes
Certain factors may play a role in causing sleep apnea, these include:
- Enlarged tonsils
- Cardiovascular Problems
- Throat and tongue muscles that are more relaxed
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
Sleep Apnea Treatment
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.
Dr. G 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. Dr. G prescribes the Micro2 mandibular advancement device. It is the only one made in the physiologic position (harmony 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. OSA is serious and life threatening. If your sleep is unrefreshing, schedule your appointment with Dr. G and find out why!