Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Your sleep impacts every aspect of your health and daily life. Sleeping well helps you look, feel and perform your best. But a sleep problem can be harmful to your health and well-being. One of the most common sleep problems is obstructive sleep apnea. Learn more about the warning signs and how you can get help.
About Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Nearly 30 million adults in the U.S. have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which can cause them to stop breathing hundreds of times a night for anywhere from a few seconds to more than a minute.
Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that occurs when your muscles relax during sleep, allowing soft tissue to collapse and block the airway. As a result, repeated breathing pauses occur, which often reduce your oxygen levels. These breathing pauses are followed by brief awakenings that disturb your sleep.
Common signs of sleep apnea include snoring and gasping or choking sounds during sleep. Like snoring, sleep apnea is more common in men, but it can occur in women too, especially during and after menopause. Having excess body weight, a narrow airway or misaligned jaw all increase the risk of sleep apnea.
Is Treating OSA Important?
Treating obstructive sleep apnea is incredibly important to your health. When left untreated, sleep apnea often causes excessive daytime sleepiness or fatigue, as well as morning headaches and memory loss. Sleep apnea also is a threat to your safety as it increases your risk of drowsy driving and workplace accidents. Untreated sleep apnea raises your risk for serious health problems. These include:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Chronic acid reflux
- Erectile dysfunction
Severe, untreated sleep apnea even increases your risk of death.
How is OSA Diagnosed?
Kleinheinz Dentistry is proud to offer a Free Sleep Study. Call our office for more information. 704-542-6003.
How is OSA Treated?
Dr. Kleinheinz can discuss treatment options with you. We will provide a FREE SLEEP STUDY at your convenience.
- Oral appliance therapy uses a mouth guard-like device - worn only during sleep - to maintain an open, unobstructed airway.
Research shows that oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. An oral appliance is worn in the mouth only while you sleep and fits like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer. Oral appliances support your jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway.
Many patients consider a sleep apnea appliance to be more comfortable to wear than a CPAP mask. Oral appliances also are quiet, portable and easy to care for.
If you decide that oral appliance therapy is the best treatment option for you, then Dr. Kleinheinz will recommend a prescription for you to receive a custom-made sleep apnea appliance. More than 100 oral appliances have received FDA clearance. We prescribe and make the FDA approved appliances. Oral appliance therapy is covered by many medical insurance plans. We will do a complete benefits check upon your scheduled appointment.
Preserving natural teeth is a major goal of modern dentistry. But when a tooth is not salvageable and needs to be removed, it is now possible in many cases to replace it immediately with a dental implant. A dental implant is a small titanium post that substitutes for the root part of a natural tooth. A dental crown is attached to the implant, making the whole tooth-replacement system look and feel just like your own. Implants are used in a variety of situations: to replace a single tooth, multiple missing teeth, or even an entire set of teeth.
It used to be that if you were having failing teeth removed, there would be a wait of months between the extraction procedure and the placement of dental implants. This allowed time for the bone that formerly supported your teeth to heal before the implant procedure. These days, however, implants can sometimes be placed immediately into the tooth sockets after tooth removal. In the right circumstances, this has some definite advantages — the major one being that you will need just one surgical procedure rather than two.
How It Works
Preplanning is the key to success with immediate implants. The first step is taking x-rays to determine the quality (volume and density) of the bone that surrounds your failing teeth. Bone quality is a crucial consideration because it determines how well the implant will fuse in place as the surgical site heals in the months following the surgery. If you do not have enough bone there, placing an implant could compromise the healing of the implant-bone interface, and create possible aesthetic or functional problems.
If radiographic (x-ray) examination reveals that there is not enough bone to support the implant initially, it doesn't mean you can't have a dental implant; it just means that you will probably need to have a routine bone grafting procedure as the tooth is removed, and then allow the area to heal for several months before having a second procedure to place the implant.
Of course, even if your x-ray images look good, it is possible to extract the tooth and then find that placing the implant immediately is not in your best interests due to poor bone quality, inadequate bone quantity or the presence of infection. If that's the case, the implants will be placed after the bone graft heals and enough healthy bone have been generated in that area. After all, implants done right have a higher than 95% success rate, and that is our goal.
What to Expect
On the day of your surgery, the area of the tooth or teeth with be numbed with a local anesthetic. If you would like, you can also receive a sedative in pill form or intravenously (through a vein) for a deeper level of relaxation. Tooth extractions rarely require general anesthesia; we will discuss all of these options with you in advance.
Once the affected tooth is removed, the implant will be placed. A small amount of grafting material may be added to prevent shrinkage of the gum and bone. After the procedure, you may have some minor discomfort and/or swelling in the area, but this should subside in a day or two. If necessary, an antibiotic or pain medication will be prescribed.
After the implant is placed, a crucial healing phase begins. Your body will make new bone that actually fuses to the implant, holding it solidly in place. This process, known as osseointegration, usually takes about two to six months. During this time it's important that your implant is not subjected to too much stress. That means you will need to eat a softer diet and keep food away from the surgical site.
Depending on how many implants you received and where they are in your mouth, you may be able to receive a temporary dental crown or a set of temporary teeth to wear during this healing phase. That way, you will not only walk out of the dental office with new implants, but possibly new teeth as well! It all depends on your unique situation. As in every circumstance where your health is a concerned, we will do whatever is best to ensure the success of your treatment.
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