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Effective Sleep Apnea and Snoring Treatment in Garland, TX

Dr. Kerbel on treating Sleep Apnea Read Transcript

Snoring, or vibrations during breathing while you sleep, can be a real nuisance, mostly for your partner.  If you suffer from chronic snoring caused by a blockage in the airways (in the mouth, nose, or throat), you might have sleep apnea, which is a much more serious condition.  While all people who suffer from sleep apnea snore, not all snorers have sleep apnea.  This is why it’s important to discuss your condition with Dr. Gregory Kerbel, Dr. Logan Callier, or other dental professionals at Gregory Allen Kerbel DDS, PLLC.

In addition to offering comprehensive, quality dental care services like general, cosmetic, restorative, and emergency dentistry at our Garland, TX location, we’re also happy to consult with patients suffering from chronic snoring and sleep apnea.  If you’re concerned about the effects of sleep apnea, not only when it comes to restful slumber, but also your overall health, don’t hesitate to ask the talented team at Gregory Allen Kerbel DDS, PLLC for help.

Why Sleep Apnea Treatment is Essential

According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, an estimated 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, but roughly 80% go undiagnosed.  This is alarming because sleep apnea, if left untreated, can contribute to much more serious health concerns.

There are two forms of sleep apnea: central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea, although it is also possible to have a combination of the two (complex sleep apnea).  Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain fails to signal the body to breathe during sleep, but this type is fairly rare.  Much more common is obstructive sleep apnea, whereby the soft tissues of the mouth, nose, or throat relax during sleep and block the airway.

Because obstructive sleep apnea is characterized by blocked airways, it results in episodes where patients actually stop breathing, often for several seconds at a time.  When this occurs, the brain signals the body to wake, at which time breathing resumes.  This can happen dozens of times each hour in moderate to severe cases of sleep apnea, considerably disrupting sleep patterns.

While you would naturally expect this to result in fatigue, ongoing and untreated sleep apnea can have much more significant consequences.  Sleep apnea has been linked to:

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Weight gain
  • Chronic headaches
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes

Men are at higher risk for developing sleep apnea than women, especially middle-aged or older men, but it can affect anyone.  Potential contributing factors in the onset of sleep apnea include:

  • Age (middle-age or older)
  • Weight (BMI over 25)
  • Neck size (17 or more inches in men, 16 or more inches in women)
  • Heredity (about 25% of cases involve a family history of sleep apnea)
  • Overbite
  • Enlarged tonsils

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale

If you suspect you may be suffering from sleep apnea, the Epworth Sleepiness Scale can help you determine whether your daytime sleepiness is normal or if you may need medical help to deal with it.  Take the brief assessment below to learn more.

  • 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 Targeted Sleep Apnea Treatment Options

At Gregory Allen Kerbel DDS, PLLC, our caring team is dedicated to providing the best possible outcomes for every patient, and we’re pleased to offer assessment and treatment options for patients suffering with disruptive snoring or sleep apnea.  Whether you’ve taken the Epworth Sleepiness Scale assessment or you merely suspect you have sleep apnea, the first step is to undergo a sleep study to diagnose your condition, and we’re happy to refer you to a suitable sleep specialist.

Following your assessment and a prescription by your sleep specialist, our talented team can create a custom oral appliance designed to combat the causes of sleep apnea, opening airways during sleep so you can breathe normally and enjoy peaceful slumber.  We have two options to treat patients suffering from sleep apnea: Silent Nite and Dream Tap.

The Silent Nite oral appliance shifts your bottom jaw forward with the aid of Side-Link connectors, while the Dream Tap uses a hook and dial system to accomplish the same end.  Both options offer easy adjustment to ensure personalized fit for comfort and performance.  These oral appliances, created on-site at our Garland, TX office, have delivered symptom improvement for over 70% of our patients suffering from sleep apnea.

If snoring or sleep apnea are disrupting your sleep, don’t wait for further health issues to arise.  Contact the qualified and caring dental professionals at Gregory Allen Kerbel DDS, PLLC today at (972) 278-9901 or online to schedule a consultation and improve your outlook.