Most humans require 7 – 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night in order to function at their best and avoid the health problems associated with sleep deprivation. Unfortunately, millions of individuals suffer from sleep apnea, a dangerous and often undiagnosed condition that can have devastating long-term and short-term consequences. The team at Kirlough Family Dentistry is qualified to help diagnose and treat sleep apnea so its sufferers can get back to enjoying the high-quality shuteye they deserve. Contact us today if you are ready to reclaim a better night’s rest.
Sleep apnea is a condition wherein a patient experiences interruptions in their breathing at night. These episodes are called apneas, and they make it difficult if not impossible for an individual to get an adequate amount of rejuvenating sleep. There are three types of sleep apnea:
You may be suffering from sleep apnea if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
Dentists are qualified to treat obstructive sleep apnea because they possess an in-depth understanding of how the mouth and the surrounding structures work. After Dr. Kirlough talks to you about your symptoms and helps you receive an official diagnosis of your problem, he can design a custom oral appliance for you to wear at night. The device will gently reposition your jaw, thus allowing for uninterrupted airflow. Many patients prefer this type of sleep apnea treatment in Middleburg Heights over a CPAP machine, which is neither as portable nor as comfortable as a small oral appliance.
Sleep Optima oversees a network of dentists with the goal of helping them provide top-tier sleep apnea treatment to patients. They provide education and training to dentists and their staff members to ensure that they have a full understanding of sleep disordered breathing and treatment options. They also provide take-home sleep testing devices. To ensure the best patient care possible, Sleep Optima promotes collaboration between dental sleep experts, patients’ primary physicians, and board-certified sleep specialists. At Kirlough Family Dentistry, we are proud to be part of the Sleep Optima Network.
If you would like to learn more about sleep apnea or speak to us about treatment options, schedule your consultation today.