1Is my or my partner’s snoring something I should be concerned about?
That depends. If you or your partner snores loudly, regularly, or ceases breathing during sleep, sleep apnea may be a concern. Other symptoms associated with sleep apnea are daytime tiredness, attention problems, and irritability. If you or your partner are experiencing any combination of these symptoms, please contact us right away for a sleep apnea evaluation.
2What should I do if I think I or my partner might have sleep apnea?
The first step is to be examined and diagnosed with the disorder. We can help you by referring you to a sleep lab for a full sleep study and diagnosis. If you have already been diagnosed, please contact our office to be examined and fitted for an oral appliance.
3How can my dentist help?
At Sunrise Dental, we can help you get the proper care you need to end your snoring, breathe easier, sleep better, and stay healthier! If you or your partner have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, we can help you get an oral appliance to manage your sleep disorder. This oral appliance will temporarily adjust your jaw at night to allow for clean, open airways and easy breathing. While CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines will usually do the trick, many patients have trouble getting used to wearing them and often simply choose not to. Choosing a more comfortable, less invasive form of treatment may be the solution to successfully managing the disorder. We are in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield and other companies. We can work with your insurance to help you get the treatment you need.
4What happens if I let my sleep apnea go untreated?
If left untreated, sleep apnea can wreak havoc on your entire system. In addition to the extra stress put on your body due to lack of quality sleep, the lack of oxygen when you do sleep is a big problem. Hypoxemia (lack of oxygen in the blood) can be linked to high blood pressure and other cardiovascular complications. Untreated sleep apnea can also lead to type 2 diabetes, liver problems, daytime fatigue, and other total-system issues. It can even lead to death. Untreated sleep apnea is very serious, and a health care professional should be consulted immediately.
5How can I schedule an appointment?
If you or your partner needs help managing their sleep apnea symptoms, please contact one of our offices as soon as possible. You can find our phone numbers here
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