SLEEP APNEA AND SLEEP DISORDERED BREATHING

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where breathing stops repeatedly throughout the night. It can be damaging to your health with many comorbidities present due to the other systems affected including diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Even when airway is restricted, as in upper airway resistance syndrome, a mild form of sleep apnea, the affects on your overall health and well-being can be severely detrimental.

There are many signs associated with sleep disordered breathing

  • Snoring
  • Gasping for air while sleeping
  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Awaking to go to the bathroom multiple times at night
  • Morning headaches
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia)
  • Difficulty paying attention while awake
  • Irritability and anxiety

If you have trouble tolerating continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy or prefer an alternative treatment for sleep apnea, talk to your health care provider and dentist about options for oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy can help you and your bedpartner get a good night’s sleep, and it will improve your health and quality of life. Dental sleep medicine is an area of dental practice that focuses on the use of oral appliance therapy to treat sleep-disordered breathing, including snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Dentists work together with physicians to identify the best treatment for each patient. The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) is a professional society for dentists who help patients control snoring and obstructive sleep apnea through the use of oral appliance therapy.

Dr. Gooding has taken extensive training in the treatment of sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy. She has the designation of qualified dentist under the AADSM, has completed the Mastery program and has attained diplomate status by the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. If you have any concerns about your sleep or breathing please contact us to discuss this very important health issue.

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