Sleep Apnea Treatment for the Quad Cities area
For those who are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Larsen may have a solution that is right for you. While many often believe that sleep apnea is simply snoring, it is in fact a far more serious condition -- sometimes even life-threatening, as obstructive sleep apnea can lead to asphyxiation during sleep. We offer a dental sleep apnea appliance custom fit to your need.
When a person with sleep apnea sleeps, their airway becomes blocked by structures such as a receding jaw, oversized tonsils, or an oversized tongue. When the body doesn’t get sufficient oxygen during rest, it can result in loud snoring and gasps for air. These are referred to as sleep disruptions and can occur hundreds of times over the course of a single sleep.
How is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?
Sleep apnea is diagnosed through a study called a polysomnogram. During this sleep study, sleep physicians monitor sleep functioning as a patient sleeps overnight. In order to diagnose sleep disorders, sleep physicians evaluate the data collected from the polysomnogram and passes the data onto the your dentist, who will work closely with your sleep physician to treat your condition. A referral from a physician is necessary in order to make a sleep apnea appliance.
If you are currently suffering from any of the following conditions, you may have sleep apnea:
- Snoring interrupted by gasps or breathing disruptions
- High blood pressure, hypertension, stroke, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, sexual dysfunction -- all of these conditions can be associated with obstructive sleep apnea.
- Acid reflux and bruxation (teeth grinding)
- Headaches in the morning
- Having trouble concentrating on or remembering specific details
- Obesity -- particularly carrying weight around the neck
- Falling asleep at inappropriate times -- such as while driving
- Not being able to get a good night’s rest
Innovative Dentistry Can Help Treat Your Obstructive Sleep Apnea
In addition to our range of family dentistry and cosmetic dentistry treatments we are proud to provide patients with sleep apnea treatment in Davenport, IA. If you are suffering from sleep apnea, luckily, there are many options for treating your sleep apnea. At Innovative Dentistry, Dr. Carolyn and Dr. James can help restore your breathing, allowing you to get the restful sleep your body needs -- interruption free.
Oral Appliance Therapy For Snoring and Sleep Apnea
One of the most popular means of treatment for sleep apnea are sleep apnea appliances. They are just one way that Innovative Dentistry can help to remedy your sleep apnea problems. Oral appliances are worn while the patient is asleep, and is able to hold the mouth and jaw in such a way that breathing is easier. This stops the snoring and prevents disruptions. These oral appliances are worn at night like a night guard or retainer.
The mandibular advancement system is a common sleep apnea oral appliance. This oral splint moves the jaw slightly forward, helping to treat sleep apnea and prevent snoring.
Sleep apnea appliances are made of either plastic or hard acrylic. Like retainers, some incorporate wires or rubber bands in order to provide adequate pressure. These devices require a prescription from your physician to fabricate for you by Dr. Larsen.
If you suffer from sleep apnea, don’t endure another night of interrupted sleep. Call Dr. Larsen today at (563) 355-4544 to schedule an appointment, or complete our online form to schedule a consultation.