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Dr. Kerbel on treating Sleep Apnea Read Transcript

Do you suffer from chronic snoring? Find out more about your options for sleep apnea treatment in Garland, TX by contacting our team for a consultation today.

If you’d like to improve your quality of sleep, Dr. Greg Kerbel can provide custom solutions at our Dallas area dentist office.

The Dangers of Sleep Apnea

There are millions of  apnea sufferers across the country, but few people understand the implications of untreated  apnea. This condition occurs when you experience pauses in breathing while you sleep – as much as up to 10 seconds at a time. Middle-aged men and older face the highest risk of  apnea, but anyone can have  apnea.

There are two forms of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of  apnea, and it occurs when soft tissue blocks your airway. Those with severe obstructive  apnea can stop breathing more than 30 times an hour, and the issue can be life-threatening.

Here are a few of the dangers of leaving sleep apnea untreated:

  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Weight gain
  • Chronic headaches
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Daytime sleepiness

Causes of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition that can manifest itself in multiple ways, and it has more than one cause. You might have the image of an older man snoring the night away, but  apnea can affect anyone. Here are a few of the biggest risk factors:

  • Being middle-aged
  • Being a male (though women and even children can have sleep apnea)
  • Weight (BMI of more than 25)
  • Family history (about 25 percent of people with sleep apnea have a family history of it)
  • A large neck (16 inches or more in women and 17 inches or more in men)
  • Overbite
  • Enlarged tonsils

Epworth Sleepiness Scale

Not sure if you should be worried about sleep apnea? Take the Epworth Sleepiness Scale assessment below!

Rate the chance that you would doze off during the following 8 routine daytime situations.
0 = Would never doze
1 = Slight chance of dozing
2 = Moderate chance of dozing
3 = High chance of dozing

Sitting and reading
Watching TV
Sitting, inactive in a public place (e.g., a theater or a meeting)
As a passenger in a car for an hour without a break
Lying down to rest in the afternoon when circumstances permit
Sitting and talking to someone
Sitting quietly after a lunch without alcohol
In a car, while stopped for a few minutes in traffic
Total :
0

Score your results:

0 – 9: Normal range. Usually a sign of normal daytime sleepiness.
10 – 12: Borderline. You may want to consider medical attention.
13 – 24: Abnormal. You should seek medical attention.

Our Sleep Apnea Treatment

Does your Epworth Sleepiness Score indicate that you need to visit us? Give us a call, and we’ll help you set up an actual sleep study. Based on the evaluation and prescription of a sleep specialist, we can create custom oral appliances that will open up your airway for improved sleep. We offer two options:

  • Silent Nite, which uses Side-Link connectors to shift your bottom jaw forward
  • Dream Tap, which uses a hook system with a dial to do the same thing

We’ve found that the oral appliance can help more than 70 percent of our patients who struggle with obstructive apnea.

We will create your custom oral appliance right here at our Garland, TX dental office. You can easily adjust both of these options yourself for your comfort and optimum performance.

We’ll also check in with you during your regular dental cleanings and exams to ensure your appliance is working properly.

Improve your sleep and your quality of life with a sleep apnea treatment in Garland, TX from Dr. Kerbel and Associates. Call 972-360-9944 or use our online form to schedule or ask questions. We can’t wait to help you!