If you have questions about sleep apnea, then our orthodontist, Dr. Brett Gluck, is happy to help you find the answers. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that can be very dangerous. This is because it involves interrupted breathing as you rest. This means your breathing repeatedly stops and begins. To help you find the answers you need about sleep apnea, our orthodontist is happy to provide the answers to these commonly asked questions:
Q: What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
A: Symptoms include snoring loudly, feeling tired after a full night’s sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, insomnia, loud breathing, dry mouth, dry throat, fatigue, loud breathing, headaches, mood swings and more.
Q: How can my orthodontist treat my sleep apnea?
A: Your orthodontist can help you by prescribing a special oral appliance. This appliance is like a sports mouthguard, but instead of protecting the teeth from blows to the face, it positions the jaw in the proper position to keep the airway open as you sleep.
Q: What are other treatments for sleep apnea?
A: In addition to an oral appliance and a CPAP machine your doctor might prescribe, at-home remedies could include stopping smoking, losing weight, exercising regularly, having a regular sleep schedule, avoiding caffeine and heavy meals within two hours of bedtime, and avoiding alcohol, sleeping pills and sedatives, especially before bed.
For more information and details about sleep apnea in Johns Creek, Georgia, please contact our dental team at your earliest convenience. When you reach out to Quality Orthodontic Care at 770-664-6003, we will be happy to give you the answers and help you need!