Sleep Apnea Treatment in Spring Hill
Dentist for Snoring & Sleep Disorders in Spring Hill
Sleep apnea is a serious condition caused by the blockage or constriction of the upper airway, due to factors such as an enlarged tongue, small jaw, or nasal obstruction. When this stops air from flowing through your airways, it is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). This common disorder can quickly develop into a more serious respiratory condition, causing serious cardiovascular problems. During OSA, a person can experience hundreds of breathing disruptions over the course of one night’s sleep.
Symptoms of OSA include:
- Loud snoring
- Waking up frequently during sleep
- Feeling tired or falling asleep during the day
- Dry mouth or sore throat upon waking
- Morning headaches
If you are having difficulty getting a good night’s rest due to sleep apnea, Dr. Robinette and his staff at Dentistry by Design can help you. Dr. Robinette works with sleep apnea patients in Spring Hill, working to mitigate and relieve symptoms and help you get the night’s rest you deserve.
How Can a Dentist Help with Sleep Apnea?
It may be surprising to learn that dentists are frequently the first practitioners to diagnose sleep disorders, but it makes sense when you consider that snoring and sleep apnea occur in and affect the mouth and throat. Tooth grinding and a resulting increase in cavities are often the earliest signs of sleep apnea.
At Dentistry by Design, we will let you know if we notice any early signs that may indicate sleep apnea, and we will be happy to talk to you about any concerns or complaints that you have. We may recommend a sleep study, which would identify the problem. A custom-fitted night guard can prevent tooth grinding and help with sleep apnea, or we can discuss other treatment options based on your needs. As always, we put your comfort and health first.