Sleep Apnea Specialist Questions and Answers
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder which needs to be treated so that you can sleep and remain productive during the day. Beyond Dental and Implant Center provides high quality, whole body, and airway-focused dentistry for the whole family! Dr. Cory Nguyen, our double board-certified dental implant and sleep dentistry doctor, provides personalized treatment plans specific to your needs. Call us today or schedule an appointment online. We are accepting new patients. We have 2 convenient locations to serve you in Dallas TX, and Fort Worth TX.
Why does sleep apnea occur?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where the affected person repeatedly stops and starts breathing while they sleep or when they experience shallow breathing caused by an obstruction in the throat. Sleep apnea can be a potentially serious condition that affects men, women and children and can be hereditary. Sleep apnea can occur for one of three reasons:
- Obstructive sleep apnea is the more common form of sleep apnea that happens as a result of the throat muscles relaxing, causing the back of the throat to become blocked, and cases can range from mild to severe.
- Central sleep apnea occurs when the muscles that control breathing aren’t sent the proper signals from the brain, causing the affected person to miss breaths.
- Complex sleep apnea syndrome is a combination of both obstructive and central sleep apnea and is also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea.
Dr. Cory has the highest level of certification available in the treatment of sleep apnea and can provide a diagnosis and treatment plan unique to his patient’s individual cases. He has continuously sought out the best of the best in sleep medicine and advanced dentistry to learn all there is to know about sleep apnea to be able to provide his patients with the best treatment plans in the business. In men, sleep apnea can lead to snoring, high blood pressure, obesity, increased risk for stroke, heart attack and diabetes. In children, sleep apnea can lead to bed wetting, ADHD, falling behind in school, lack of socialization, depression and fighting.
What are the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea?
The signs and symptoms of sleep apnea will differ if you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea or central sleep apnea and will overlap if you have complex sleep apnea. If you share a bed with another person, they can help you determine if you potentially have sleep apnea as they will be able to describe your breathing patterns while you sleep. Ask your partner if you snore loudly, stop breathing while you sleep for extended periods of time or if you gasp for air while you sleep. If you sleep alone, some signs and symptoms would include dry mouth in the morning, morning headaches, difficulty staying asleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, irritability and difficulty paying attention while awake. Dr. Cory is highly trained and experienced with sleep apnea, so give him a call if you have any of these symptoms or if your partner has noticed any of these problems when you sleep. Sleeping should leave you feeling rested, refreshed and cheery. Feeling sleepy, fatigued and irritable from sleep could be an indication of sleep apnea or other sleep problems that need to be checked out. With his extensive education and experience, Dr. Cory will be able to provide you with a proper diagnosis and determine the best treatment plan for you.
Snoring and sleep apnea
Snoring is a common complaint for people who have to share a bed or room with another person. The loud, hoarse or harsh sound can disturb the sleep of the partners or other people who sleep in close quarters with someone who snores. While most people will snore from time to time, chronic snoring could be an indication of a serious health problem. A visit to Dr. Cory can help you get to the root of the problem and help your partner get a better night’s sleep. His extensive education and experience enables him to connect the dots that others may miss in determining the cause of the snoring and providing a comprehensive treatment plan. Snoring is caused by air flowing past the relaxed tissues in your throat while you sleep, which causes the tissues to vibrate. In some cases, lifestyle changes can help improve snoring such as losing weight, sleeping on your side and avoiding alcohol before bedtime. However, snoring can also be an indication of obstructive sleep apnea which is a sleep disorder. If you have snoring accompanied by other symptoms such as excessive daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, difficulty concentrating, sore throat in the morning, restless sleep, high blood pressure and witnessed episodes of breathing pauses or gasping at night, give Dr. Cory a call. Dr. Cory will be able to work with you to see if you might be suffering from sleep apnea and provide a top-notch treatment plan based on his high level of training and extensive experience with sleep disorders.
What Diagnosis is there for sleep apnea?
Dr. Cory will ask you about your signs and symptoms, as well as your sleep history to help determine if you are suffering from sleep apnea as well as any underlying conditions that could be causing you to have problems with sleeping. If you share a bed with another person, they can help provide additional observational information on your sleep patterns. Dr. Cory has extensive experience and training with experts from around the world, as well as the highest level of sleep apnea training available, and will be able to provide the best treatment plan for you based on your test results. Testing will involve overnight monitoring of your sleep, either at a sleep center or at home, to check your breathing and other body functions while you sleep that could indicate sleep apnea disorders. Many treatment options are available for sleep apnea from lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking or losing weight, or allergy treatments, in mild cases to therapies or surgery in moderate to severe cases and Dr. Cory is well equipped to work with you on the best option for you. The therapy options include a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine that requires wearing a mask while you sleep to keep your airway passages open, preventing sleep apnea and snoring. While this is the most common treatment, some people find it uncomfortable, and other options are available such as an oral appliance, supplemental oxygen, an airflow device case adaptive servo-ventilation (ASV) or other airway pressure devices. Surgery is also an option when all other options have failed, or in rare cases of people who have jaw structure problems. Surgery can involve tissue removal, tissue shrinkage, jaw repositioning, implants, nerve stimulation and tracheostomy in severe, life-threatening cases. With a lifetime spent in and around the dental world, as well as his continuous pursuit of information and learning related to dentistry, TMJ, sleep apnea and many other fields of study, chance are good Dr. Cory has seen and treated cases similar to yours and will be able to pull together your unique treatment plan by pulling on his extensive education and experience.
If you would like to learn more about our dental services at Beyond Smiles or want to schedule an appointment with us, we would be pleased to hear from you! We invite you to call us or schedule an appointment on our website. We serve patients from Dalla TX, Fort Worth TX, Cockrell Hill TX, Highland Park TX, Mesquite TX, Melody Hills TX, and Forest Hill.
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