Feel Better & Healthier By Treating Sleep Apnea in Ballwin and St. Louis, MO
Snoring loudly or waking up gasping for air is a common problem that increases the risk of dangerous medical issues and can even threaten your life. We treat sleep apnea in Ballwin and St. Louis with comfortable solutions that are easy to use. Addressing sleep complications at our office:
- Improves overall quality of sleep for you and your bed partner
- Decreases risk of serious illnesses like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes
- Eliminates snoring and breathing problems
- Reduces daytime fatigue and consistent headaches
- Increases your concentration and mental clarity
DentaLink is ready to assess your sleep problems and provide treatments that fit into your lifestyle. Set up an evaluation today or ask us about sleep apnea services during your dental cleanings and exams. Call us at (636) 496 8584 (Ballwin office) or (314) 334-1474 (St. Louis office).
Don’t Sleep On Treatments
As part of our family dentistry services, DentaLink provides state-of-the-art technology to assess your quality of sleep and levels of sleep apnea. The sleep disorder occurs whenever you experience pauses in breathing during sleep. Patents with serious sleep apnea can experience 30 or more pauses in breath an hour!
For years, dentists and general practitioners have treated sleep apnea with a CPAP. Yet patients often find the CPAP intolerable. We can review your sleep issues and even replace your CPAP with a more comfortable oral appliance.
Here’s how we treat sleep issues:
- At-Home Sleep Study — Instead of visiting a sleep lab, this device monitors your sleep from the comfort of your own bed. The device monitors oxygen levels while you sleep, and the data is sent to a board-certified doctor to diagnose the problem.
- Oral Appliance — For mild to moderate sleep apnea cases, we may eliminate the need for a CPAP by designing a comfortable oral appliance. The oral appliance moves the lower jaw forward to keep the airway open. It’s easy to use and transport and won’t dry out the mouth!
- Reduction in CPAP — For more severe sleep apnea cases, we may still be able to use the oral appliance with the CPAP so you can turn down the pressure on the CPAP machine.
Do you snore excessively? Do you suffer from day time fatigue? Do you wake during the night with shortness of breath? You may suffer from the life threatening sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. About 1 in every 15 Americans suffer from sleep apnea, and it is a problem that many don’t even realize that they might have. But what does this have to do with dentistry? Because sleep apnea is caused by an airway obstruction, the disorder can be treated through the mouth. The Thornton Adjustable Positioner or the TAP appliance is one of the more popular ways to treat sleep apnea. When the jaw bone is lax the tongue and soft tissue obstruct the air way the TAP appliance advances the jaw bone allowing the air to flow freely and making sleep more restful throughout the night. If you think you might suffer from sleep apnea, talk to your dentist today about possible treatment options.