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.
Sleep Apnea FAQ’s
Currently, over 22 million Americans are suffering from some form of sleep apnea. That amounts to a lot of people missing out on fully functional days and enjoyable lives. As we’ve helped numerous patients recover to get the rest they need, we’ve compiled a list of some of the questions they’ve asked about sleep apnea. As you read on, you’ll find the top five questions and the answers to them. Along with better educating you, our goal is to help you get your life back on track, so if you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, don’t hesitate to contact us to receive the expert therapy you need.
Are there any warning signs of sleep apnea I should look for?
Before you can receive the necessary treatment for sleep apnea, you first need to know what symptoms to pay attention to. If you notice any of the following, you may be dealing with the condition:
- Decreased libido
- Daytime lethargy
- Morning headaches
- Difficulty concentrating
- Morning throat soreness
- Mood swings and bouts of depression
- Loud snoring and gasping sounds when sleeping
How long will my therapy take?
Sleep dentistry is highly customized to meet each patient’s needs. Thus, there isn’t a set treatment time. Generally, though, with consistent usage of an oral appliance, you can see results in a few months. During this period, we’ll be monitoring your sleep apnea treatment in Dublin to determine if any adjustments need to be made.
What can happen if sleep apnea goes untreated?
Sleep apnea is definitely a condition that shouldn’t be ignored. Studies show that if it goes untreated, it can contribute to hypertension, stroke, heart disease, complications from diabetes and decreased immune function. The sooner you contact us to be examined, the quicker we can help you get the valuable rest your body and mind need.
What else can I do to encourage better rest?
Getting adequate sleep takes more than just closing your eyes. There are also a host of hormonal messages, environmental conditions and other factors that play a big role. To aid in getting the quality sleep you need, here are some steps you can consider:
- Take a relaxing bath.
- Perform some meditation exercises.
- Pick up an interesting book and read a few pages.
- Discontinue the usage of any electronic devices at least 30 minutes before retiring for bed.
How does the diagnosis process work?
One way to be accurately diagnosed is for your physician to refer you to a specialist so you can complete a sleep study. Once it’s done, Dr. Buck will review your results to determine what is the best treatment option.
You can also be diagnosed by taking two written tests that we provide, the Epworth Sleepiness Scale and the STOP-Bang Questionnaire. Based on your results, we can refer you to an in-network sleep physician who will complete a sleep study with you. From there, we can design a plan to meet your specific needs.
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.