Get the Peaceful, Healthy Slumber You Deserve
You know that snoring disrupts the sleep of others. However, you may not be aware that snoring is often a warning sign of a potentially dangerous condition called sleep apnea. Dr. Scholes and Dr. Nielsen provide personalized snoring and sleep apnea therapy to restore the restful slumber you need for a healthy lifestyle.
Do I have sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea sufferers experience repeated lapses in breathing, with each stoppage lasting 10 seconds or longer. When the brain senses a lack of oxygen, it tells the body to wake up and breathe. Some patients enter a lighter sleep stage; others awaken completely. The resulting daytime drowsiness and fatigue impacts daily living, including workplace performance. Sufferers may also feel stressed and have trouble concentrating. Your health can suffer, too. Studies show a link between sleep apnea experience and an increased risk of heart problems, high blood pressure, and stroke.
What causes snoring and sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea often occurs as a result of narrowed air passageways, airways that relax and collapse during sleep, or a tongue that falls back to block the throat. Obesity and genetic factors may play roles, as well. As air tries to force through narrow or blocked passages, tissues vibrate and emit the sound we call snoring.
Diagnosis & Treatment
The dentist will perform a comprehensive evaluation and talk to you about your symptoms. Consultation with a sleep specialist and close communication with your medical Doctor are necessary with these forms of dental treatment. He may refer you to a medical doctor for a sleep study to confirm the diagnosis of sleep apnea. To combat snoring and sleep apnea, Dr. Scholes and Dr. Nielsen have achieved great success with oral appliance therapy. A custom-made device similar to an athletic mouthguard holds your jaw forward to open airways and allow the free flow of oxygen. The device is easy to use and comfortable. We invite you to reserve your consultation today and join the millions of Americans who have found relief from snoring and sleep apnea with personalized, non-invasive therapy.