Can Dentists Help with Sleep Apnea?

Brunette man snores with obstructive sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes you to stop breathing while you are asleep. This sleep disorder can negatively affect your overall health. For example, untreated sleep apnea contributes to anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease. At Farmington Dental & Orthodontics, we offer treatments to help our patients who are experiencing obstructive sleep apnea.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is when the muscles in the back of your throat relax too much and cause your airway to collapse. This obstruction restricts the flow of oxygen to your body. Central sleep apnea is when your brain is unable to properly communicate with the muscles that control breathing as you sleep. Both types result in poor quality sleep and diminished oxygen uptake.

Signs & Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

  • Fatigue
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Headaches
  • Loud snoring
  • Waking up gasping for air in the middle of the night
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty focusing and paying attention
  • Weight gain
  • Dry mouth

Affordable Treatment for Sleep Apnea in Farmington, AR

At Farmington Dental & Orthodontics, we offer Silent Nite® snoring treatment appliances that can tilt a patient’s jaw slightly forward to prevent their muscles from completely relaxing while they sleep. The result is less snoring, better breathing, and better sleep!

Silent Nite is a custom mouthguard designed to help your unique smile. Check with your insurance provider to see if your mouthguard can be partially or fully covered by your plan. We also have a range of financing options, including CareCredit®, which is a credit card for healthcare expenses that allows you to pay for your treatments in affordable monthly installments.

If you are experiencing symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, contact us today to schedule a Silent Nite consultation at Farmington Dental & Orthodontics! We would love to help you get better quality sleep so you can enjoy a better quality of life.

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