Do you have a difficult time sleeping at night? Do you wake up several times and never feel rested come morning? You may suffer from sleep apnea. At the dental practice of Dr. Ross Ryan in Edmond, Oklahoma our team can effectively treat sleep apnea and help you overcome this tiring and potentially serious sleep disorder. Our dental professionals are trusted throughout Oklahoma because we offer affordable, gentle, comprehensive care that is in our patients’ best interests. For three generations, this practice has been meeting dental needs and exceeding patient’s expectations. You can rest assured, at the dental practice of Dr. Ryan, your smile is in good hands.
About Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a disorder which occurs when your breathing repeatedly stops and starts while you sleep. The disorder generally takes place in the form of: obstructive and central sleep apnea. Most people do not realize that they have a sleep disorder, but if you snore loudly and always feel exhausted even after getting plenty of sleep, you may suffer from sleep apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
The most common type of sleeping disorder, obstructive sleep apnea, takes place when your throat muscles collapse and relax, or the tongue obstructs your airway. The collapsed muscles create a blockage in your airway restricting airflow and hindering your ability to breathe. When your airway is closed off, your brain recognizes the restriction of blood flow, and quickly awakens you. Most people who suffer from this type of sleep apnea awaken making a choking, gasping, or snorting noise. This pattern can repeat more than 30 times an hour, limiting your sleep and taking away your ability to reach a state of deep relation.
Central Sleep Apnea
Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain fails to trigger your breathing muscles. This type of sleep disorder is less common than obstructive sleep apnea. If you suffer from central sleep apnea, you may awaken feeling short of breath. In most cases, people have a difficult time remaining asleep throughout the night.
Are You At Risk For Developing Sleep Apnea?
If you begin experiencing symptoms related to sleep apnea it is important to contact Dr. Ross immediately before the problems become more serious. Sleep apnea can eventually result in heart problems and other serious health issues. You may be at a higher risk for having sleep apnea if you:
- Have high blood pressure
- Are over the age of 65
- Smoke, use alcohol or take sedatives
- Have a heart disorder
- Are obese or abnormally thin
· Sit for extended periods of time throughout the day
- Have a narrow airway
- Have a family history of sleep disorders
Treatments Options and Appliances
As a long-time sufferer of sleep apnea and TMJ disorder, Dr. Ryan has placed an emphasis on learning about the disorders and providing effective treatments. At our dental practice, we believe that sleep disorders are a major hazard to your health, which is why our cosmetic dentist and his team have spent years researching the dynamics of various sleep disorders and treatment options for snoring, sleep apnea, and upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS).
Dr. Ryan can custom craft an oral appliance that will help control your sleep disorder. The small plastic piece is similar to a mouth guard or orthodontic retainer, and works by moving the lower jaw, tongue, and the soft palate of your mouth forward. Oral appliances also help to increase the muscle tone of the tongue. The appliance is comfortable to wear, convenient, and removable. Oral appliances are 95% effective in treating snoring and sleep apnea.
Learn More about Sleep Apnea at Our Edmond Office
If you suffer from sleep apnea or believe you have a sleep disorder, contact Dr. Ryan today! He will conduct a thorough examination of your entire mouth before recommending a treatment plan that is tailored to fit your needs and help you achieve restful sleep. Our team has been proudly providing sleep apnea treatment to patients living in Edmond, Oklahoma City, Bethany, Piedmont, and Yukon, Oklahoma for more than two decades.