Relief from snoring, daytime sleepiness, headaches, and other symptoms of sleep apnea can be found at your trusted dental provider’s office, Athens Oconee Dentistry.
The Greek word for “without breath,” apnea refers to problems breathing while asleep. You may have Obstructive, Central, or Complex Sleep Apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is caused by the relaxation of the muscles at the back of your throat, which allows tissues to block your airway when you are at rest. Sensing you can’t breathe, your brain forces you awake usually with a snort and a gasp. This disruptive process may be repeated many times each hour.
Less commonly, Central Sleep Apnea may be to blame when your brain fails to properly signal the muscles that control breathing. Some patients may have both OSA and CSA, which is also known as Complex Sleep Apnea.
Patients with sleep apnea contend with any number of symptoms that negatively affect the quality of life. In addition to chronic headaches, you may have difficulty concentrating at work or school, and suffer from a frequent sore throat and dry mouth. Conditions such as dry mouth put you at greater risk for dental problems, including tooth decay.
Untreated sleep apnea is associated with increased risk of many medical conditions, including:
- Heart disease
- Memory impairment
With so much at stake, call Athens Dentistry Oconee at to schedule an appointment. A member of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics, Dr. Nail works in partnership with you and your general physician to treat sleep apnea. He is also uniquely trained and equipped to offer dental appliances that treat sleep apnea by re-positioning the jaw or the tongue. Most patients find treatment with a dental appliance easier to comply with than conventional treatment using a CPAP machine.