The field of dentistry can do more than simply make sure that your teeth are straight and clean. There are a number of conditions that dentistry can treat, and I have devoted myself to helping patients with their overall health, as well as the beauty of their smiles. With nearly 30 years of experience in the field of dentistry, as well as a wealth of training in a number of specialties, I believe that I am uniquely qualified to help patients with all aspects of their oral health. Although you may not consider the services of a dentist when you suffer from certain maladies or conditions, your overall health is closely tied to your oral health. This is why I recommend that you visit my Nashville cosmetic dentist office if you feel you might be suffering from sleep apnea.
If you have noticed that you often wake up feeling exhausted and fatigued, or if your partner has complained about unusually loud snoring, you could be suffering from sleep apnea. This condition affects both men and women, but it is more common in males. Sleep apnea is thought to affect approximately 7% of the population, but many medical and dental experts believe that it affects a much higher segment of the population. This is because the condition is so difficult to diagnose, particularly among those who sleep alone. The condition is characterized by a patient’s inability to breathe regularly while sleeping. Patients can stop breathing during sleep for several seconds, or even minutes. This can lead to a number of additional health problems, many of which can be fatal.
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, it is likely that you have tried using a continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machine to help regulate your breathing overnight. Although these machines have been able to help many patients fight the effects of sleep apnea, they can be incredibly cumbersome. If you are like most people, you prefer to feel free and comfortable during sleep. Unfortunately, a CPAP machine prevents freedom while sleeping because you must remain tethered to it throughout the night. This can actually lead to a further deterioration in the quality of your sleep.
I believe that there is more than one solution for those suffering from sleep apnea. As a Nashville dentist with years of experience treating patients, I have seen a number of people come to my office complaining of problems associated with sleep. Although many of them have expressed surprise when I tell them that oral correction can give them extraordinary results, my patients have been able to see their lives improve through the use of special appliances that fit comfortably and correct a number of breathing problems. These appliances are wonderful alternatives to bulky CPAP machines, and they have helped many patients overcome the problems associated with sleep apnea. Moreover, the appliances are custom-made for each individual patient.
It is likely that one of my custom appliances will be able to help you if you suffer from sleep apnea, but it is possible that you will require oral surgery to correct the condition. If that is the case, we can suggest some recommended practitioners.
If you are suffering from sleep apnea, you might not think to contact a dentist to seek solutions. However, you should consider our team if you want effective alternatives to CPAP machines and other medical treatments. Sleep apnea is serious, and it should be treated immediately once it is discovered. I encourage you to make an appointment to visit me in my office so we can discuss effective and manageable solutions that you and your partner will appreciate.