Gulf Shore Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
Dr. Brian Childs, DDS, FICOI, FAGD & Dr. Andrew Haidet, DMD

Sleep Apnea Therapy in Naples, FL

Sleep Apea Naples FLAre you tired after a full night’s sleep? Does your partner complain of loud snoring? Do you awaken suddenly out of breath? You may have sleep apnea. "Apnea" is a word derived from Greek that means, “want of breath.” Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most common form, affects eighteen million Americans, nearly 7% of the population. 

What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition characterized by interrupted breathing during sleep caused by a collapsed or blocked airway. This restriction creates shallow breathing and pauses in normal breathing patterns.

Breathing cessations can last from a few seconds to a minute or more. In patients with severe sleep apnea, more than four hundred interruptions can occur per night, causing you to wake every time.

What are the Symptoms for Sleep Apnea?

Symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Memory problems
  • Loud snoring
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches upon waking
  • Depression or mood swings

When you try to breathe, the air doesn’t move effectively through the obstructed passageway, creating loud snoring, snorting, or gasping. Your partner, kept awake by your snoring and the symptoms of sleep disorder, may be the first to report that something is wrong. They may even report that you stop breathing periodically.

Risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea are: 

  • Being male
  • Carrying excess weight
  • Having a thick neck circumference
  • Using alcohol or sedatives
  • Having a narrow airway
  • Your genetics
  • Chronic congestion
  • Mature age (over 40)

While men are twice as likely to have obstructive sleep apnea than women, women increase their chances by being overweight or going through menopause. Certain medications can also put women at risk for sleep apnea. 

If sleep apnea is not treated, it can cause a number of health issues such as heart disease, high blood pressure, mood disorders, and liver problems. 

How Do You Diagnose and Treat Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea diagnosis requires a sleep study through an accredited facility. Call your doctor to obtain a referral to participate in a sleep study. 

Once you receive a diagnosis, your doctor may recommend continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. While CPAP therapy is effective in treatment of sleep apnea, many patients have difficulty adapting to it. CPAP therapy involves wearing a mask at night that uses pressure to push air directly into your airway.

For offering you the best treatment for sleep apnea, we have collaborated with leading dental labs and medical professionals to offer a comfortable, effective alternative called oral appliance therapy. Custom made oral appliances for sleep apnea gently guide your lower jaw forward and open. This forward-and-open position encourages an open airway while you sleep.

Call Us for a Sleep Apnea Consultation

If you received a diagnosis for sleep apnea or believe you may have sleep disorder issues, and would like to learn more about options available at Childs and Childs Dentistry, call us today to schedule a consultation.