What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that affects an estimated 18 million adults and children in the United States. A good night’s sleep is one of the most important aspects of a healthy lifestyle. Not getting enough sleep can have negative effects on your body that can impact your memory, concentration, and mood. People who suffer from sleep apnea experience repeated breathing interruptions as they sleep. Sleep apnea happens when your airway gets blocked repeatedly during sleep, causing you to stop breathing for short amounts of time. The starts and stops can last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes.
Being able to breathe properly while asleep helps to ensure a night of full rest, but many people have some sort of trouble breathing while asleep, such as snoring. While snoring can be attributed to several different factors, such as obesity, allergies, congestion, or a family medical history, it could also be a sign of sleep apnea.
Everyone feels better after a good night’s rest. Sleep not only feels good, but it boosts your mental performance and overall health. A lack of sleep can hinder your thinking, negatively impact your work, sabotage your relationships, and lead to mood problems, such as anger and depression. Sleep apnea is a chronic and progressive health problem that will potentially worsen over time.
If left untreated, it can cause serious long term health issues and put you at risk for:
What can Dr. Demko do to help treat sleep apnea?
Dr. Demko is highly skilled in identifying and treating sleep-related breathing disorders in patients of all ages due to her training and expertise in facial growth and development. Orthodontists do much more than straighten teeth. Dr. Demko is also an expert in the structures of the mouth, face, jaw and in dentofacial orthopedics, which is using appliances to guide facial growth and development. Since orthodontists routinely work with dental appliances and manage jaw positions more than any other dental professional, it makes them an obvious choice when it comes to correcting sleep abnormalities.
Orthodontists, because of their daily practice focus, are the most appropriate dental professionals to treat mild to moderate sleep apnea, snoring, or CPAP intolerant patients who need to be treated through these oral appliances.
Are You or Your Child Having Trouble Sleeping?
However, when the cause of poor sleep is a breathing disorder, like excessive snoring or sleep apnea, the medical implications can lead to life threatening illnesses.
While medications exist to treat sleep disorders, a person can easily become dependent. At Demko Orthodontics, our belief is that the root cause of your sleep disorder must be fixed rather than medicated. We want to facilitate living long healthy lives. Our Sleep Coordinator will guide you through every step, working closely with Dr. Demko, ENTs, and local sleep clinics to ensure every patient is informed of all their options, understands their treatment and insurance options, and gets timely and meaningful results.
Treatment plans can depend on the type, severity, and causes of the condition. There are a few different orthodontic strategies that can help, including:
Demko Orthodontics provides sleep apnea treatment in three convenient locations — Chesterfield, St. Charles and Washington, Missouri.
At Demko Orthodontics, our staff has the knowledge and experience to identify the signs of sleep apnea in patients of all ages. If you or your child may be suffering from sleep apnea, please give us a call at 314-576-4955 for a complimentary consultation to start your journey to a healthier, more comfortable life.