At Smile Creations, we also treat sleep apnea or sleep disorders, which is a very up-and-coming and more serious condition than we actually think it is. It affects your body in many different ways, especially health-wise. Heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, or acid reflux are all symptoms of sleep apnea. What we try and do here at Smile Creations is we're able to help patients reduce the amount of sleep apnea they have or open up their airway in order for them to be able to sleep and get more oxygen that will help treat their symptoms. We cannot diagnose it as a dentist, but we do work with your sleep medicine physician and sleep physicians along with cardiologist and your primary physician in order for you to get this treated. It's done by utilizing mouth guards and appliances that actually helped protrude your jaw a little bit and open your airway as you sleep. That way, you don't have to have the mask of a CPAP machine, which sometimes can be uncomfortable and bothersome. Some of the things that sleep apnea treatment and appliance can do is actually help and benefit a patient by allowing them to sleep better, which will make them that less tired, less depressed, sometimes even can reduce some of the hypertension or high blood pressure that patients have from it, and get you off some of the medication or reduce some of the medications that you might have for these other secondary conditions. The appliances that we utilize are more comfortable than the traditional CPAP machine. It allows you to sleep better, is less invasive, and a great benefit that we have through them is that you don't have to take your CPAP machine along with you if you travel. It's just a appliance you stick in a small little container and utilize it when you need it.
You could be dealing with this serious sleep disorder if you’ve been told you’re snoring loudly, wake yourself up from your own snoring, or constantly feel fatigued during the day.
Dr. James Eike and the rest of the team want to quickly assess if you are suffering from sleep apnea. We even offer free consultations to help prevent the numerous health issues that sleep apnea can cause.
Please review the information below, then call us at 920-243-4122 to schedule your free consultation at our Neenah, WI dentist office.
How Sleep Apnea Affects You
Sleep apnea is caused by disruptions in your breathing while you sleep. You have soft tissue in the back of your throat which can collapse while you’re unconscious. This prevents you from breathing properly, causing you to snore and frequently wake up.
If you’re experiencing any of the following sleep apnea symptoms, we want you to contact us today to find out if sleep apnea is the cause.
- Chronic and/or loud snoring
- Tossing and turning
- Frequent trips to the bathroom
- Waking up feeling short of breath
- Lack of energy
- Difficulty focusing
- Loss of memory
Sleep Apnea Presents Serious Health Risks
In addition to making you quite miserable day or night, sleep apnea has been linked to other serious health issues, including:
- Heart failure
- High blood pressure
It can also cause you to sleep with your mouth open, leading to an uncomfortable dry mouth. Because you also need saliva to help fight bacteria in your mouth, sleeping with your mouth open can actually lead to tooth decay.
It has also been known to lead to bruxism or teeth grinding. Grinding your teeth in your sleep can cause major damage to your teeth’s enamel, making them more vulnerable to decay. Grinding can also give you a painful jaw and headaches.
How We Can Easily Treat Sleep Apnea
Dr. Eike, Neenah, WI dentist will work together with your general physician to determine if you’re dealing with sleep apnea. If you are, we can create a customized mouthguard to prevent disruptions while you sleep. The mouthguard gently moves your tongue and lower jaw into a position that prevents blockage in your airway.
We will make a digital impression of your mouth that requires no messy or uncomfortable molding techniques. Using this impression, we will ensure your mouthguard fits perfectly in your mouth for optimal comfort.
Trust us – this simple solution will make a major difference in how you rest at night, leading to your improved overall health!