Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Frost Family Dental

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Waverly, OH

More than 22 million Americans have obstructive sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder that can increase your risk of heart disease and diabetes. At Frost Family Dental in Waverly, Ohio, Lisa Frost, DDS, and the team are trained to evaluate for signs and symptoms, screen, and refer you to a sleep specialist for diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea. Book online to make an appointment, or call the office today.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Q&A

What is obstructive sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is a medical condition that causes you to stop and start breathing during sleep. It occurs when the muscles and soft tissues at the back of your throat relax, blocking airflow. 

Obstructive sleep apnea isn’t always easy to detect. About 80% of people with the condition don’t even realize there’s a problem. If you regularly wake up during the night or you feel groggy most mornings, don’t wait to visit the team at Frost Family Dental. 

What are the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea?

Common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include:

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Snoring
  • Morning headaches
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Nighttime sweating
  • Decreased libido

If you have obstructive sleep apnea, you might also wake up with a sore throat or dry mouth.

Who is at risk of obstructive sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea affects people of all races, ages, and genders, but several factors may increase your risk. For example, you’re more likely to experience obstructive sleep apnea if you’re overweight or you have a family history of the condition.

Other factors that increase your risk of obstructive sleep apnea include smoking and having high blood pressure or asthma.

How is obstructive sleep apnea diagnosed?

The team at Frost Family Dental evaluates you for signs and symptoms, and asks about your lifestyle. They can screen you and then refer you to a sleep specialist for a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea.

How is obstructive sleep apnea treated?

Treatment of obstructive sleep apnea depends on your physical health and the severity of your symptoms. Once you’re diagnosed by a qualified sleep specialist and prescribed an appliance, the Frost Family Dental team can treat your sleep apnea with an appliance, allowing you to get a restful night’s sleep. 

To ensure the appliance meets your needs, the team takes impressions of your teeth and gums. They send your impressions to a dental laboratory that manufactures a custom appliance.

A week or two later, you return to the office to try the appliance on. Dental appliances for obstructive sleep apnea push your tongue and lower jaw forward, allowing for more adequate airflow.

If you’re living with the side-effects of obstructive sleep apnea, schedule a consultation at Frost Family Dental. Book online to make an appointment, or call the office today.