Sleep apnea is a pervasive and disruptive disorder that can contribute to a number of health complications. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused with soft oral tissue relax and fall into the airway during sleep. Sleep apnea patients may experience snoring, restlessness at night, and extreme fatigue and mood changes during the day. In extreme chronic cases sleep apnea can lead to anxiety, depression, and memory problems due to exhaustion.
The traditional treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is the use of a CPAP machine. The sleep apnea sufferer wears the CPAP machine over his or her mouth in the night. The CPAP mouthpiece delivers a forceful, steady stream of air into the patient’s airway, preventing the patient’s soft tissues from relaxing back into the throat and obstructing breathing.
Although CPAP machines are somewhat effective, patients often resist using them because the apparatuses are so cumbersome and uncomfortable to wear. Our O’Fallon sleep apnea dentists understand that CPAP machines simply don’t cut it for many patients. That’s why we’re proud to offer an alternative to CPAP sleep apnea treatment.
Our office strives to treat sleep apnea with simple, comfortable oral appliances. Sleep apnea oral appliances are designed to fit into a patient’s mouth like a mouth guard or retainer. It is custom-fitted to the patient’s mouth, and designed to keep the jaw in proper alignment, thereby preventing soft tissues from obstructing airflow.
These appliances are FDA-approved, and many patients see results in just days or weeks. When you meet with our sleep apnea team, we determine whether or not you’re a candidate for CPAP-alternative sleep apnea treatment. If you could benefit from a sleep apnea mouth guard, we’ll explain your treatment plan in greater detail.
Give our O’Fallon sleep apnea dentists a call for more information or to schedule an appointment. As always, we’re here to help—(636) 614-1217.
Our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists utilize a number of different treatment options and methods to rejuvenate our patients’ smiles. One of the most versatile of these treatment options is probably cosmetic veneers. We use veneers to correct many different aesthetic dental problems, and they are always customized to complement the patient’s smile and natural teeth.
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are thin layers of porcelain. These porcelain pieces cover the outside of a patient’s tooth (or multiple teeth) to give the appearance of a white, smooth, unblemished tooth surface. Veneers are made of porcelain because porcelain refracts and reflects light similarly to dental enamel, and because porcelain is quite strong when it is bonded to natural enamel.
What can dental veneers do?
Cosmetic dentists use porcelain veneers to make teeth appear smoother, whiter, and younger. Here are some common ways that our O’fallon cosmetic dentists use dental veneers:
· Veneers can resurface dull, stained, or pitted dental enamel
· Veneers can close unsightly gaps between teeth
· Veneers can make a smile appear straight and in proportion
· Veneers can be used to resurface cracked or chipped teeth
· Veneers can lengthen or widen the appearance of small teeth
As you can see, porcelain veneers can correct a number of cosmetic problems, and best of all they can correct multiple problems in just one or two visits. Say for example, that you’d like a whiter smile and to close gaps between your teeth. You may opt for dental veneers because you can accomplish both of these goals with one treatment, rather than going through years of braces.
Every patient needs to find a cosmetic treatment that works for him or her, uniquely. If you’ve been thinking about pursuing dental veneers, give our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists a call for more information at (636) 614-1217. When you schedule a consultation we can discuss your case in more detail and review the treatment timeline.
Getting quality sleep is an essential component of maintaining overall health. When you sleep your body is able to repair itself and restore vital systems. Sleep apnea patients cannot get restful sleep because they suffer from obstructed nighttime breathing. Many patients stop breathing for extended periods of time at night, and they eventually choke or gasp awake once their oxygen levels dip dangerously low.
Untreated sleep apnea disorder can cause a variety of complications and illnesses. Chronic low-oxygen levels combined with poor sleep and elevated adrenaline and stress levels may cause patients to suffer from complications ranging from fatigue to heart disease.
Some initial sleep apnea problems are also symptoms or warning signs of the disorder. For example:
· Chronic headaches
· Memory and concentration problems
Over time, untreated sleep apnea begins to damage your overall health. Untreated sleep apnea sufferers are at a higher risk of suffering from:
· Heart disease
· Systemic artery disease
· Cognitive problems
· High blood pressure
These conditions are obviously quite serious. The sooner sleep apnea is effectively treated the less likely it is that you’ll suffer from long-term complications of the disorder. Our O’Fallon sleep apnea dentists are able to treat sleep apnea with unobtrusive, easy to use dental appliances. These appliances restore optimal nighttime breathing, reduce snoring, and help your body get the reparative sleep it needs.
If you’ve been suffering from disrupted sleep, chocking or gasping episodes at night, or daytime fatigue and headaches, sleep apnea may be the root problem. If you or someone you know exhibits these symptoms feel free to call our O’Fallon sleep apnea dentists for more information or to schedule an appointment. You can schedule an appointment by clicking here or calling us at (636) 614-1217.
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