Perhaps no one understands sleep apnea in Oakmont better than someone who has it. At Oakmont Advanced Dentistry, that’s Dr. Todd Resek. After suffering from headaches and low energy, he got relief with sleep apnea treatment – and you can too. His own case inspired him to become a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, which keeps its members up-to-date on the latest treatments for sleep disorders.
Our team can:
- Perform an in-office screening using sophisticated equipment like our cone beam CT scan, which gives us a good look at your airway, your sinuses, and other anatomy
- Work with local health care providers to arrange an at-home sleep apnea test, if necessary
- Help determine the best course of sleep apnea treatment for your particular case
- Fit you for a custom sleep apnea appliance that will relieve symptoms so you can get a good night’s sleep
Call Oakmont Advanced Dentistry at 412-828-3311 to schedule your sleep apnea consultation. You’ll be snoozing soundly again in no time!
We’ll Help You Evaluate Sleep Apnea Appliance vs. CPAP
The two most commonly prescribed types of sleep apnea treatment are a sleep apnea appliance and a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. Both work by keeping your airway open as you sleep. The appliance does so by gently shifting your jaw forward. The CPAP does so with a constant flow of air.
An appliance generally works well for mild to moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea, while a CPAP is more effective for severe cases. The most effective treatment is one that is used consistently. Many people find an appliance more comfortable and less restrictive than a CPAP, which means they’ll be more likely to wear it.
Even sleep apnea sufferers who usually use a CPAP may prefer an appliance in certain situations. Since an appliance is easier to transport and requires no electricity or battery, it’s a great option when traveling.
Don’t Ignore Sleep Apnea Symptoms
A dentist is often one of the first to notice sleep apnea signs such as a wide palate, wide tongue, or evidence of teeth grinding. Our dentists can also use our cone beam CT scan to look for issues with your sinuses and your airway if they suspect apnea.
You should see one of our dentists right away if you are experiencing these sleep apnea symptoms:Doctor Todd Resek on sleep apnea treatment at Oakmont Advanced Dentistry Read Transcript
Sleep apnea is really important to me. I was waking up with headaches and low energy. I was snoring, which certainly puts marital stress out there. I became interested in sleep apnea and became trained in it based on my own symptoms. As it turned out, I screened myself. I was screened as a moderate risk for sleep apnea. I took an easy two-night, overnight take-home sleep apnea test, and I have moderate sleep apnea.
I was able to treat myself with a dental appliance that moved my jaw forward and made me breathe better at night. I wore it until my symptoms subsided, and I felt really great, and then I retested myself. I found out that my apnea had disappeared, no more headaches, increased energy. Sleep apnea, when significant, can kill you.
I had a patient many years ago, young person in their 40s, that had a stroke in their sleep, and ended up in a vegetative state. Years later, we realized it was from sleep-disordered breathing.
An apnea is holding your breath for at least 10 seconds. I have patients that are holding their breath for a minute and a half. It's very destructive to your health and can kill you, so it's pretty important to me to help.
- Loud, chronic snoring
- Excessive sleepiness during the day
- Waking frequently throughout the night
- Frequent lack of focus
There’s more to apnea than these unpleasant symptoms, though. Research has also linked it to several serious health conditions, including:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease