Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder, characterized by repeated pauses in breathing while asleep. Our skilled dentist offers sleep apnea treatment in Glendale, Arizona, to help you rest better at night and help you enjoy better health and an improved quality of life. We invite you to call our office at 602-942-0623 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Dorsey W. Baker and learn more about sleep apnea treatment in Glendale, Arizona.
Sleep apnea occurs as a result of the tongue or soft tissues of the mouth rolling back and blocking the airway. This blockage causes breathing pauses that can last anywhere from a few seconds to minutes, and may occur as frequently as 30 times in an hour. If left untreated, sleep apnea can contribute to a number of serious medical conditions, including heart disease and liver problems.
Common symptoms of sleep apnea disorder include:
- Chronic insomnia
- Daytime drowsiness
- Severe early morning headaches
- Waking with a dry throat
- Irritability and personality changes
There are several types of treatment available, depending on the severity of your condition. Mild to moderate sleep apnea may involve oral appliance therapy, in which a special type of night guard is used to keep the airway open. Our dentist may also recommend changing habits that aggravate sleep apnea, such as smoking, alcohol consumption, and the use of tranquilizers.
A more permanent solution may be surgery. This surgery will section the lower jaw and pull the bone that holds the tongue forward slightly, which helps keep the airway open and prevents sleep apnea from occurring.
Contact us today for more information about sleep apnea treatment, and to schedule an appointment at the office of Dorsey W. Baker.