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I think I may have sleep apnea: What steps should I take?

sleep apnea CypressAre you concerned about symptoms like loud snoring, daytime drowsiness, frequent headaches or sore throats upon wakening? You may have sleep apnea. It’s important to know how to proceed in order to get effective treatment.

Before a dentist can recommend a specific intervention, the patient must first complete a sleep study to confirm the sleep apnea diagnosis. There are different types of sleep apnea – obstructive, central and mixed – and different treatment approaches are needed to address the specific problem.

When you have a specific diagnosis, you can then move forward with getting treatment for your sleep apnea. A dentist can be helpful in treating this condition.

In cases of obstructive sleep apnea, in which the soft tissues repeatedly collapse during sleep to block the airway opening, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) masks are highly effective. Unfortunately, though, they’re also highly uncomfortable and many patients ultimately give up on them.

There are alternatives! For example, some patients respond well to an oral appliance that is designed to reposition either the tongue or the jaw during sleep. The appliance can hold the tongue or jaw in a forward position to reduce the likelihood that the soft tissues at the back of the throat will cover up the airway opening. Patients tend to find that such an appliance is much less intrusive on their sleep than a CPAP mask.  

Sleep apnea is not a condition that patients can ignore as a minor quality of life concern. It actually has been linked to serious health problems like obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. It may even increase a patient’s risk of sudden death. Therefore, if you suspect you may have sleep apnea, you should undergo a sleep study so that you can get effective treatment.

To learn more about the sleep apnea treatments that we offer, call our office to schedule an evaluation of your case. If you need to pursue a sleep study first, we can also refer you to appropriate resources for that task.

Your Most Common Invisalign Questions Answered

teeth straightening CypressInvisalign appeals to a broad cross-section of people who are interested in teeth straightening, as it differs from traditional orthodontics treatment. As a result, these prospective patients often have questions about the treatment and its benefits. Here are some of the most common questions we hear.

  • How does Invisalign work? Invisalign straightens the teeth by applying forces through a series of clear, plastic trays rather than the brackets and wires used in conventional orthodontics. The underlying principle is similar though. Applying force to the teeth causes the breakdown of bone that allows the teeth to move into a new, more desirable position.
  • How long is the Invisalign treatment process? Often, Invisalign can produce the desired results much more quickly than conventional braces, sometimes in as little as 12 months. Your dentist can advise you on the anticipated treatment timeline.
  • What can I expect at my initial consultation? The dentist will examine your teeth and may take impressions, photographs or x-rays to use in the treatment plan. This information then serves as the basis for the design of your trays, which you will receive at a later appointment.
  • How long do I wear the Invisalign trays each day? Your dentist will likely advise you to wear the trays for around 22 hours each day to achieve the desired treatment goals within the expected timeframe. Additionally, it’s important to swap out the trays according to the schedule provided to you so that you are making progress in your treatment.
  • I have bite issues. Can Invisalign help me? Technology has improved enough that patients can choose Invisalign even in cases with malocclusion or severe crowding.
  • Is Invisalign really as convenient as I hear it is? Yes! You can take out the trays at mealtime, as well as in the morning and evening when you brush and floss your teeth. Invisalign is more comfortable and less disruptive to your daily routine than standard braces.

Of course, this is not a comprehensive list of all of the questions that patients have about Invisalign. To speak to a knowledgeable professional about your specific concern, call the office of Dr. Lori Logan today!