Breathe Better = Better Sleep
Sleep Apnea is a condition in which the airways is closed off during sleep and the body is trying to get air. If you suffer from sleep apnea, each time your airway is closed, there is a lack of oxygen to your brain, will temporarily wake you up to restart breathing. This time is usually very brief and most people with sleep apnea are unaware that it has occurred.
Most of these individuals think they are getting a “good night” sleep, but in fact their sleep cycles are constantly being interrupted due to lack of oxygen. The main function of sleep is repair our body and cells, without proper sleep these cells are unable to repair and cause an increase in cortisol levels in the body.
Many people often feel drowsy or fatigued during the day. Long term this can affect the health of your heart including an increase risk of high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack. The average person with sleep apnea will have a life expectancy of 7 years shorter than someone who does not.
Could you be at risk?
What are the Signs of Sleep Apnea?
Studies show that snoring has a 90% correlation to sleep apnea. Snoring is actually the closing of the airway and snore comes from air attempting to pass through the throat and into the lungs.
- Insomnia or trouble falling asleep
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Waking up at night with shortness of breath
- Snorting/Choking during the night
- Headaches waking in the morning
- Falling asleep unintentionally during the day
- Needing a nap during the day
- Drowsiness during the day or needing caffeine to stay away
- Inability to lose weight
- Having your premolars removed as child for orthodontic purposes
- Narrow Arch of your teeth
- Enlarged Tonsils
- Lack of dreaming
- Clenching/Grinding of Teeth
Specific Signs for Women
How can our Highlands Ranch Dental office Help?
- Referral to sleep M.D. for sleep testing and diagnosis
- If appropriate, fabrication of an oral sleep device commonly called a Mandibular Advanced Splint
- Use of the latest technology to fabricate a custom airway device:
- Pharyngometry: A device that measures the airway of the patient to put the custom device in the most optimal position.
- Digital impressions: no more gooey impressions, we use a scanner to create a digital print of your mouth.
What is an Mandibular Advance Splint?
A prescription device that is worn in the mouth at night to open the airway during sleep. It accomplishes this by protruding the lower jaw in the forward position thus moving the tongue and soft tissue to open the airway. It is also effective in the treatment of SNORING and considered an alternative to CPAP and those who cannot tolerate the use of CPAP.
Our Sleep Apnea Services Include
It can be difficult to smile the way you want when you have uneven, chipped, or discolored teeth. However, we have an effective solution to this problem in the form of porcelain veneers. They are bonded onto the front of the teeth to improve your smile. Veneers are custom designed to provide an accurate fit and natural look.
Clear Tray Orthodontics
These invisible aligners are among the latest in orthodontic technology for kids and adults. As the name suggests, they are invisible to the eye, which makes them a popular alternative to traditional braces. This means the teeth will be straightened, but you won’t have to refrain from smiling. These can be easily removed for proper dental cleaning and flossing.
Cosmetic dentures have given many people a reason to smile. A well-made denture is comfortable and functions properly. Worn out and broken teeth are replaced by new ones, allowing you to smile with confidence. Dentures made of tooth-colored porcelain can look just like natural teeth. These can be used by people who have lost some or all teeth.
A tooth-colored resin/filling material is applied to enhance the appearance of stained or chipped teeth, to even out gaps between them, to change the shape, or to make a tooth look longer. High-intensity light or a is used after the application to cure and harden the material. The tooth is then smoothened and polished to give it an esthetic look.
Your teeth may lose their sparkle with age or due to unhealthy eating habits. A brilliantly white smile is desired by all. Our teeth whitening services help to brighten your smile. There are different options for teeth whitening treatments – In-office bleaching, take home trays & gels, strips, and toothpaste. Our Highlands Ranch dentist can recommend the best whitening option for your smile.
Tooth-colored fillings have replaced traditional amalgam fillings over the years. They are made of composite resin and more natural-looking and aesthetic. Extremely strong and durable, these fillings are also more esthetic than amalgam fillings. Composite resins can restore teeth to a healthy state, and enhance their appearance as well as your smile.
Why Choose Us for Sleep Apnea Services In Highlands Ranch?
- We customize appointments to the needs and desires of each individual patient.
- You will see a licensed professional at each visit who will complete all your treatment.
- Our dentists and team take hundreds of hours of continuing education each year to provide you with the latest products technology and services.
- Our family of dentists have been caring for the community since 1982.
- You receive a great value for the treatment you receive at our Highlands Ranch, CO dental office.
- We invest in state-of-the-art technology so we can provide special services like 1-day crowns
- Our treatment rooms and amenities provide you with a calm, soothing and friendly atmosphere.
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