At Angellift Dental Center, our team is committed to meeting all of your oral health needs. As part of this ongoing effort, we are dedicated to providing you and your family with treatment for sleep apnea, a potentially dangerous sleep condition.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a medical condition that causes the patient to stop breathing during sleep, resulting in a decreased supply of oxygen in the body. Caused by airway obstructions during sleep, obstructive sleep apnea can be potentially life threatening.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
Common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include:
- Awaking with choking or gasping sensations
- Morning headaches
- Excessive daytime drowsiness
- Trouble staying asleep at night
- Sweating while sleeping
- Loud and disruptive snoring patterns
- Irritability or personality changes
While sleep apnea must be diagnosed by a medical doctor or sleep physician, Dr. Hales is able to provide sleep apnea treatment for patients suffering with obstructive sleep apnea. In fact, Dr. Hales believes in and adheres to guidelines and information set forth by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine®, of which he is a member.
What is the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine?
The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine is a non-profit professional society dedicated exclusively to dental sleep medicine. According to their official website, the AADSM “is the leading national organization for dentists who use oral appliance therapy to manage sleep-disordered breathing, which includes snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.” Dr. Hales is skilled in providing oral appliance therapy to our patients who have sleep apnea and are worried about their overall oral and general health.
What is oral appliance therapy?
Oral appliance therapy is the use of a custom oral appliance to prevent and treat obstructive sleep apnea. Generally, your oral appliance is designed to fit over your upper and lower teeth, similar in function to a retainer or mouth guard. Our oral appliances are made of plastic and are comfortable to wear during sleep. Oral appliances work by gently shifting your lower jaw forward, allowing you to maintain an open airway and preventing your soft tissues from collapsing. Oral appliances can also be used to treat snoring.
Do oral appliance therapy and other sleep apnea treatments work?
Oral appliance therapy has a high rate of success, as do other treatments for sleep apnea. In fact, a powerful story from one mother discusses how treating sleep apnea dramatically changed the life of her son. In a video posted by the AADSM, labeled “Finding Connor Deegan”, she describes her experience. Connor was labeled as a child with serious behavioral and mental issues, including ADHD, and was always getting in trouble at school and at home. In a desperate attempt to help her child, Valerie Deegan turned to her dentist, who began treating Connor for obstructive sleep apnea and a number of other sleep conditions. By doing so, Connor’s behavior and ability to succeed in school drastically changed in little over a year. Deegan poses an important question in her story: “Is undiagnosed sleep deprivation the true cause of the increase of ADHD/ADD diagnosis in our country and around the world?” Our dental team is committed to helping our patients with sleep apnea in Grants Pass, Oregon, find a solution. If you are interested in learning more, we invite you to contact our dentist today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you and your family change your life and your ability to sleep peacefully with sleep apnea treatment.