A good night’s rest is an essential component for a healthy lifestyle, but sleep apnea keeps many people from getting the quality of sleep that they need. At Aesthetic & Integrative Dentistry in Roswell, Georgia, holistic dentists Victoria Callicutt, DDS, and Amy Dayries, DMD, FAIHM, offer a wide variety of sleep apnea treatments so that you can get the rest your body needs. Call the office or use the online booking tool to schedule a sleep apnea consultation today.
Sleep apnea is a disorder that prevents you from properly breathing at night. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, in which the soft tissues at the back of your throat relax to the point where they block your airway.
The condition produces periods of breathlessness that can last for anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes, depriving your body of essential oxygen.
The central symptom of sleep apnea is the cessation of breathing throughout the night, but this can be difficult for you to notice since you’re asleep when it’s happening. Many people become aware of their sleep apnea because they find themselves consistently waking up gasping for air.
In many other cases, your sleep partner might notice that you’re struggling with the condition, either because they notice the interruptions in your breathing or because you snore loudly.
Sleep apnea can also produce daytime symptoms, like:
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment for sleep testing. When you get a sleep study, you sleep in a lab under the supervision of a doctor or specialist who can definitively diagnose your sleep apnea.
Your dentist at Aesthetic & Integrative Dentistry works in collaboration with other specialists to devise a treatment plan uniquely tailored to your situation.
Some of the specialists with whom they collaborate include myofunctional therapists, osteopathic physicians, ear, nose, and throat doctors (ENT), and speech therapists.
While the traditional treatment for sleep apnea is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, many people find the machine to be bulky and intrusive.
Aesthetic & Integrative Dentistry can help you avoid CPAP therapy with a variety of alternatives, including herbal supplements to support your sleep and overall health. In addition, they offer:
An Advanced Light Force (ALF) appliance is an orthodontic appliance that you wear on the inside of your dental arch. It exerts a small amount of pressure on your teeth and oral structures that help create more room for your tongue, improving your ability to swallow and breathe through your nose.
Vivos is a non-surgical approach to sleep apnea that uses your body’s natural ability of self-correction. It’s an appliance that you wear on your teeth at night for 1-2 years, during which time it enhances the architecture of your airway, eliminating your obstruction and enabling you to breathe better.
Aesthetic & Integrative Dentistry is the only dental practice in the area that currently offers this state-of-the-art treatment.
Other oral appliances, like snore guards, night guards, and the Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP™), work by gently pushing your lower jaw forward while you sleep, which opens up your airway and allows you to breathe properly. These types of appliances are also commonly known as mandibular advancement devices (MAD).
Your dentist can also treat sleep apnea with a procedure called NightLase®, which uses the Fotona Lightwalker® laser to alter the soft tissue in the back of your throat and open up your airway. NightLase is a noninvasive, patient-friendly solution that doesn’t involve any downtime and delivers immediate results.
If you’re concerned about your child developing sleep apnea, Aesthetic & Integrative Dentistry can prevent the condition with early interceptive treatments, like HealthyStart™ and MyoBrace®. These oral appliances ensure that your child’s jaw and airway develop appropriately and prevent them from developing sleep apnea.
Learn more about sleep apnea treatments by calling Aesthetic & Integrative Dentistry today or scheduling an appointment online.