Savannah, GA (PRWEB) January 30, 2018
Obstructive sleep apnea, also known as OSA or just sleep apnea, affects an estimated 30 million adults in the United States. Sufferers stop breathing for short periods during sleep, often many times throughout the night. It raises the risk for other chronic health conditions, and can even lead to sudden death. In February 2018, Savannah Dental Solutions offers a free sleep apnea consultation.
Snoring can be caused by everything from the common cold to seasonal allergies, yet it is also one of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea. Daytime fatigue, nighttime teeth grinding, and noticeable breathing pauses during sleep are also frequently seen. When sleep apnea is particularly severe, sufferers sometimes wake from sleep with a sense of drowning, and are unable to stay awake during the day.
Because the symptoms are so varied and could be caused by other factors, the only way to definitively diagnose sleep apnea is a sleep study. These are generally performed in a medical sleep lab, where the patient spends the night in a hospital bed hooked up to various devices. In some cases, though, patients can use a small, portable monitoring device in the comfort of their own homes. A home sleep study might take up to three nights to complete, after which the patient returns the device and receives the results to share with the doctor or dentist who ordered the study.
A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is the traditional treatment, as it forces the airway open throughout the night. However, some people have trouble breathing out against the pressure, while others dislike the bulky equipment.
There are other designs that address these problems, but many people prefer a sleep apnea mouth guard. Reminiscent of the mouth guards used by athletes, this sleek and simple piece of equipment holds the mouth and jaw in proper alignment during sleep, preventing airway collapse. Only a doctor or dentist can determine which treatment is appropriate for each patient.
About Savannah Dental Solutions
Married dentists Chad and Alexandra Schnabel welcome new patients to Savannah Dental Solutions. From caring children’s dentistry to high-tech cosmetic procedures and even full-mouth reconstruction, they blend the latest technology with traditional customer-oriented values. Those who are ready to start their journey to better oral health can call today at (912) 354-1366 or visit the website at http://savannahdentalsolutions.com. Savannah Dental Solutions is located at 9A Medical Arts Center, Savannah, GA 31405.