Sleep Apnea

 

Sleep soundly with help from Byron C. Scott, DMD

Do you have trouble sleeping? Do you find that you wake up often to use the restroom, or your partner wakes you due to snoring? Do you feel fatigued during the day and you don’t know why? You might be one of the millions of Americans that suffers from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that requires diagnosis and possible treatment by your doctor, sleep physician or dentist. Byron C. Scott, DMD in Mobile, Alabama is trained to provide oral appliances to treat obstructive sleep apnea.

Dr Scott will consult with your sleep doctor and devise a plan that will be in accordance with the sound medical options available to you. Very often a dental appliance can be fabricated that can greatly assist and even eliminate your sleep or snoring problems.

Sleep apnea risk factors

There are some things to look for if you think you may be having trouble sleeping and think it may be sleep apnea:

  • Being overweight
  • Having a large neck
  • Having a narrow airway
  • Genetic predisposition
  • If you are male
  • Age
  • Alcohol, or other sedative drug use
  • Smoking

If you have one or more of the risk factors and find that you wake during the night, or your partner wakes you due to snoring, or if your partner notices that you stop breathing for periods of time during sleep, it is time to seek help. Sleep disturbances can cause and or contribute to many serious health complications.

Complications

If you have obstructive sleep apnea, you stop breathing during sleep. When you stop breathing your oxygen level decreases and your brain is signaled to wake up. This oxtgen deprivation can strain your cardiovascular system and increase your risk of hypertension or high blood pressure. Sleep apnea can also contribute to:

  • Type II Diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Depression
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Issues with medication
  • Problems with your liver

Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious condition and should be assessed by your doctor. If your doctor determines you do in fact suffer from sleep apnea, they may suggest you go to your dentist for a custom oral appliance to relieve the symptoms and help you breathe easier at night.

Treatment

Dr. Scott is trained to fit patients with oral appliances to treat their sleep apnea. Dr. Scott can fit you with a dental TAP® (Thornton Adjustable Positioner) snoring appliance. The appliance repositions your lower jaw slightly forward in order to help open your airway during sleep. The appliance is comfortable and can be removed in the morning when you wake up.

Dr. Scott works with your medical doctor to ensure your treatment plan is comprehensive and you are getting a good night’s sleep. If you are ready to have a restful night, give us a call and schedule an appointment today at (251) 343-1521. Our office is conveniently located on Springhill Ave. in Mobile, and just a quick drive from Fairhope!