Sleep Apnea Therapy for Dublin, OH
Are you tired, stressed out or moody during the day? Do you catch yourself falling asleep at work or behind the wheel? Have complaints from you partner about your snoring put a strain on your otherwise healthy relationship? All of these are potential symptoms of a common but under-diagnosed sleep condition known as sleep apnea.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Patients who struggle with sleep apnea stop breathing throughout the night, often for 10 seconds or longer, leading to interruptions in deep sleep as the patient wakes up to take a breath. As a result, getting a full night of rest is almost impossible.
Not every patient with sleep apnea wakes up completely, though. Some only move from a deep stage of sleep to a lighter stage. As a result, a patient can be struggling with sleep apnea and not even know it.
That's why Dr. Buck of Distinctive Smiles in Dublin asks new and existing patients if they snore or had a bed partner that complains about their snoring, among other questions. Very often, snoring and sleep apnea have the same root cause, namely obstruction from the tongue or lower jaw.
If you answer yes to our series of questions, we'll take the next step in diagnosing sleep apnea by giving you two written tests, the Epworth Sleepiness Scale and the STOP-Bang Questionnaire. Based on the numerical results of these, we can refer you to a trusted sleep physician, who will complete a sleep study with you.
Treating Sleep Apnea
Depending on the results of your sleep study, the sleep physician will prescribe treatment with a CPAP machine or have us fabricate an oral appliance. Treatment with an oral appliances works by repositioning the tongue and lower jaw to keep airways clear. With a custom-made oral appliance from Distinctive Smiles, we can help you claim the full night of rest you and your partner deserve.
Start Your Diagnosis Today
If you think you might be struggling with sleep apnea, don't put off a consultation visit. If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase your risk for health issues like high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. Sleep apnea can even be fatal. But starting with just a few questions from Dr. Buck at his Dublin dental office, we can have you on your way to an improved sense of health and well-being.