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What Is Sleep Apnea?

January 23, 2022
Posted By: Dentistry of Fishers
man sleeping peacefully after sleep apnea treatment

Have your housemates or partner ever told you that you snore at night? Do you experience interrupted sleep due to snoring or potentially feel fatigued during the day? Sleep apnea (commonly associated with loud snoring) affects millions of Americans, and many don’t realize some of the more significant health implications of the condition.

How Is Sleep Apnea Dangerous?

A potentially serious condition, sleep apnea, is more than just loud snoring. Mostly at night, patients suffering from sleep apnea experience blockages and disruptions in their airway that diminish the quality of their sleep and potentially lead to other conditions such as:

  • Fatigue during the day
  • Heart conditions
  • High blood pressure
  • Risk of Stroke 

Sleep Apnea Diagnosis 

So maybe you or a loved one potentially suffers from sleep apnea; what’s next? Our friendly dentists in Fishers have experience assisting patients suffering from this highly treatable condition. First, we need to determine if a patient suffers from sleep apnea. We can use our cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) to assess any potential dental problems leading to sleep apnea. Next, we send patients home with a portable device that monitors and records data from their airflow during sleep for a proper diagnosis.

Treating Sleep Apnea in Fishers, IN

Based on the information received from the portable device and CBCT examination, if a patient has sleep apnea, we can prescribe a custom oral appliance that holds their jaw forward to prevent the airway from collapsing during sleep.

Contact Your Friendly Dentist in Fishers, IN

We care that our patients sleep better at night and lower their risk for severe conditions that affect other parts of the body. If sleep apnea bothers you or those around you, our door is open to new patients. Contact our office online or call (317) 773-1618 for an easier, healthy night’s sleep!

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