Find Sleep Apnea Relief at River Park Dental in Dublin, OH

Sleep plays a vital role in maintaining your overall health. But for those with sleep apnea, a good night’s rest can be elusive. At River Park Dental & Esthetics, we can help. Led by Dr. Phing Saurer, we offer sleep apnea and TMJ/TMD treatments that contribute to healthier, more restful sleep.

Sleep Apnea

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or shallow breaths during sleep. These pauses can last from a few seconds to a few minutes and can occur multiple times throughout the night. This interruption in breathing can lead to a decrease in oxygen levels in the blood and disrupt normal sleep patterns.

Types of Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea comes in three main types: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), central sleep apnea (CSA), and complex sleep apnea syndrome (CSAS). Obstructive sleep apnea happens when the muscles in the back of the throat don’t keep the airway open. Central sleep apnea is caused by the brain failing to signal the muscles to breathe. CSAS, also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, is a combination of OSA and CSA.

Seeking immediate medical attention if there is a suspicion of sleep apnea is imperative. Diagnosis can be made through a sleep study. This can be measured by checking breathing patterns, heart rate, and other factors while sleeping.

Sleep Apnea Treatments: The Role of Oral Appliances

Traditionally, a machine called a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) device has been used to treat this condition. However, it can be cumbersome for some patients.

That’s where oral appliances come in. These custom-made devices, similar to mouthguards, gently reposition the jaw and tongue to keep the airway open during sleep. They’re an effective, convenient, and comfortable alternative to a CPAP machine.

What are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

It’s important to recognize the common symptoms of sleep apnea. If left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious consequences on overall health. Some of those are increasing the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and depression.
Sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed as the symptoms occur during sleep. However, these signs can provide clues:

  • Loud snoring
  • Waking up gasping for breath
  • Dry mouth or sore throat upon waking
  • Morning headaches
  • Daytime fatigue (excessive daytime sleepiness)
  • Difficulty concentrating

These symptoms don’t just disrupt sleep; they can have serious implications for your health. If left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious consequences on overall health. Some of those are increasing the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and depression.

Your Sleep Apnea Screening: What to Expect

During a sleep apnea screening, Dr. Saurer will evaluate your symptoms and medical history. She may also examine your throat, mouth, and nose for any signs of factors that could contribute to sleep apnea, such as a narrowed airway. If needed, a sleep study may be recommended for a more detailed assessment.

Cost and Insurance

We’re committed to making your health care affordable. We offer competitive pricing for our sleep apnea treatments and work with most insurance providers. For those without insurance or facing out-of-pocket costs, we also offer financing options to ensure you get the care you need.

Schedule Your Appointment with Dr. Saurer in Dublin, OH

If you’re ready to put sleepless nights behind you, give us a call at (614) 689-8686 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Saurer. At River Park Dental & Esthetics, we provide comprehensive dental care that extends beyond the teeth and gums to ensure your overall oral health. Don’t let sleep apnea keep you from a good night’s rest and optimal health. Contact us today!