Sleep apnea is a sleep and breathing disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during a night’s sleep. You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly, wake up breathless during the night, or are drowsy during the day.
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The good news for patients in the Scottsdale, AZ area is that Dr. Marshall Clayton of Pinnacle Peak Dentistry is here to help! As a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, Dr. Clayton has the experience and training to provide comfortable, painless treatment for sleep apnea.
Types of Sleep Apnea
There is the more common type of sleep apnea called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) when breathing is disrupted because the throat is closed off to some extent, usually by the tongue or other soft tissue in your throat. The less common form is Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) where the brain fails to send signals to the breathing muscles.
Signs of Sleep Apnea
Common symptoms of sleep apnea are daytime sleepiness, headaches, memory problems, cognitive dysfunction, and stress on the heart. The most prevalent risks are cardiovascular complications including high blood pressure, and the general risks of insomnia. The ongoing state of fatigue caused by sleep apnea can lead to problems at work or school, as well as danger when driving or operating heavy machinery.
Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea
Depending on the patient’s age, the causes of sleep apnea can vary. Obesity, especially of the neck, is a common factor, as are large tonsils or a large tongue. Systemic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes can all be factors.
Sleep Apnea Diagnosis and Treatment
Ultimately, a sleep physician can only diagnose a patient as having sleep apnea. Dr. Clayton can screen for sleep apnea with an oral exam and questionnaires such as the Epworth Test, which measures your perceived daytime sleepiness. After a screening, we can refer you to a sleep physician to complete your diagnosis.
For severe sleep apnea, the best treatment continues to be the CPAP. For patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea or those patients who simply cannot tolerate the CPAP device, a mandibular advancement appliance can used as a very effective alternative. A mandibular device is an oral appliance created at our Scottsdale, AZ office that positions the mouth in such a way that prevents throat blockage.
If you suspect that you or someone in your family suffers from sleep apnea, contact Pinnacle Peak Dentistry and request a screening. You’ll receive the attention you’ve come to expect from a doctor and team who have a vested interest in your health and wellbeing.