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Can’t Sleep? You might be suffering from Sleep Apnea

September 1, 2016

Do you feel tired most of the day? Do you ever have to fight off sleep while driving on the highway? If you seem to be otherwise in good health, chances are your fatigue and drowsiness may be due to chronic sleep apnea. How is sleep apnea impacting your daily life? Imagine your breathing stops while you sleep. It sounds like a nightmare, but for many it’s a reality. Your body is getting deprived of oxygen throughout the night and thus your sleep is not fully repairing your body from a hard day’s work and you are not ready for a new day!  

Millions of Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a condition that blocks airways, affects oxygen flow to vital organs and interrupts vital sleep cycles. Continuous sleep cycle disruption can lead to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and high-blood pressure, so treatment is important for your continued health. Unfortunately, undiagnosed cases of sleep apnea are all too common and treatment can be invasive.

Fortunately, Provident Dentistry can get you on the road to recovery with a non-invasive solution to help you get back to sleep.

Diagnosing Your Sleep Apnea

Diagnosis is the first step in treatment. At Provident Dentistry, patients who suffer from chronic fatigue, snoring, or disrupted sleep can be referred to a specialist for a sleep study to be properly diagnosed and to begin treatment.

Dental TAP

In many mild cases of sleep apnea, a TAP appliance may be the preferred treatment method. Dr. Sharma, Dr. Kessler and Dr. Saywa can help you with diagnosis and treatment of your sleep apnea. We have treated many patients over the last two years with diagnosis of sleep apnea. Some of them required CPAP devices, while others are using TAP appliances.

A CPA is a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure device but this common treatment isn’t always the right option due to possible skin irritation, claustrophobia, and improper fitting.

When CPAP isn’t right for you, Providence Dentistry offers the Dental TAP (Thornton Adjustable Positioner). This easy-to-use mouth guard is custom fitted and works by pushing the jaw forward allowing air to pass through. TAP’s cost is typically covered by medical insurance, so you get to save your dental benefits dollars for dental treatment.

Provident Dentistry is here to help. Save your life or life of a loved one by getting the needed diagnosis and treatment. Call us today to take back your life!