Dental solutions available for patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea
- Posted on: Apr 15 2019
The team at NW Heights Dental in Portland, OR offers a selection of quality services for patients in the community how are seeking dental solutions. Dr. Keri Smith are also available to help patients who have been diagnosed with certain sleeping disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea.
What is obstructive sleep apnea?
The dentists of NW Heights Dental describe obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, as a disorder that keeps patients from having open airways when they sleep during the night. This can cause them to stop breathing and wake up sometimes hundreds of times while they are trying to get the deep, restorative levels of sleep. Patients who have obstructive sleep apnea may not even realize it. Symptoms and signs that this condition is present may include:
• Chronic snoring
• Gasping during sleep
• Daytime fatigue
• Increased depression and anxiety
• Dry mouth
• Morning headaches
If patients are experiencing these issues, they are encouraged to speak with their primary care physician regarding obstructive sleep apnea. They may undergo a sleep study to get a proper diagnosis. Most patients are given a CPAP machine that they wear to keep the airways open while they sleep. However, CPAP machines can be cumbersome and uncomfortable. Instead, the team at NW Heights Dental is pleased to provide an alternative way to keep the airways open such as the use of an oral appliance. An oral appliance for obstructive sleep apnea helps keep the jaw properly aligned and hold down the tongue to ensure an open airway for the best sleep possible. These appliances are comfortable and easy to travel with, making them a more desirable solution than CPAP machines.
Obstructive sleep apnea treatment options for patients in the Portland, OR area
At NW Height Dental, our professionals believe in providing the best care possible for new and existing patients in the community who are seeking solutions for their smile. In addition, we are pleased to offer patients ways to address conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea. Call our office today at (503) 646-1463 and visit at 975 NW Saltzman Road. Dr. Keri Smit is excited to offer general, cosmetic, and restorative dental services for patients within the community.
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