Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where you stop breathing for a short period while you are sleeping. Episodes can last for just a few seconds or last up to thirty seconds or longer.
They occur when the airway is not completely open, and there’s a blockage that may be caused by the muscles in the airway relaxing to cause a full or partial obstruction.
It is possible to treat some forms of sleep apnea with dentistry.
Most people realise that they have sleep apnea when their spouse, partner or roommate notices that they go through periods where they are gasping or choking as they sleep.
You may also snore, although this is not always the case.
However, it’s possible that you may have sleep apnea if you experience the following symptoms:
While the immediate problems of having sleep apnea can really disrupt your everyday life, if it’s left untreated, it could potentially increase your risk of suffering from more serious health problems.
These include high blood pressure, heart attacks, type 2 diabetes, atrial fibrillation and stroke.
If you suffer from sleep apnea, you’ll find that it’s virtually impossible to get a good night’s sleep. Here at Milltown Dental Clinic, we offer specialist treatment that has the ability to alleviate episodes of sleep apnea.
Under the guidance of trusted Dublin cosmetic dentist, Dr Tom Munroe, we’ll tailor make a personalised treatment plan to help you to manage your sleep apnea.
This usually involves creating you a customised sleep appliance which you wear over your teeth at night. This appliance will help to maintain an open airway by positioning your lower jaw and tongue forwards so that they can’t obstruct your airway.
We mainly use Mandibular Advancement devices which have proved to be very successful for alleviating sleep apnea and snoring. Prices start at €590 including all consultations, reviews and fabrications of the device.
If you suffer from sleep apnea and you’d like to learn more about our personalised treatment options, call us now and we’ll be happy to book you into our Dublin dental clinic for a free, no obligation appointment.