Helping Sleep Apnea Patients
You are not alone if you are struggling with sleep. Approximately 50-70 million US adults have a sleep disorder, such as snoring, insomnia and sleep apnea.
Dr. Bachour is not only a trained Dentist, she is also a licensed Sleep Therapist. She uses effective therapies to diagnose and address sleep apnea at any level of severity, from a higher mortality rate to other health and lifestyle problems that may be either symptoms or results of living with sleep apnea.
A good quality sleep helps keep your oral health at it’s best. Bad breath, mouth ulcers, signs of teeth grinding, and development or progression of periodontal disease are all signs of sleep disorders that Dr. Bachour is trained to spot during your Oral Wellness Visit.
Recognize Sleep Apnea
The most frequent and obvious symptom of sleep apnea is experiencing abnormal pauses in breathing that may cause the sleeping person to wake abruptly. Also, look out for other symptoms including:
- Loud and chronic snoring
- Chronic migraines, usually in the morning
- Waking up with a sore throat and/or dry mouth
- Feeling completely exhausted even after a full night of sleep
- Feeling irritable, moody, or forgetful
- Irregular or chronic insomnia
- Choking or gasping while sleeping, even waking up as a result
Managing Sleep Apnea
There are various treatment options Dr. Bachour will recommendation that are best suited to your personal lifestyle and medical history. Sleep apnea and snoring issues can be treated with devices that hold the lower jaw in a forward position to maintain a clear airway. These devices reduce snoring and improve breathing, allowing you to enjoy a full and restful night’s sleep.
Dr. Bachour may also suggest lifestyle changes or risk factors to consider at home. For example, smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol in excess amounts, or being overweight can increase the risks associated with sleep apnea and have other health consequences. Patients may be predisposed to sleep apnea through family genetics, age, or physical build, such as a large neck or natural overbite.
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