Snoring can sometimes be an indication of a serious health concern called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles relax during sleep, allowing the soft tissues in the mouth to block the airway. When the airway is repeatedly blocked during sleep, patients may gasp during sleep or take repeated pauses during sleep which may affect the oxygen levels in major organs. Patients may not even realize they have sleep apnea until they visit a healthcare professional or a trusted dentist.
At Drs. Monroe & Monroe in Pinehurst, NC, Dr. Clement Monroe and Dr. Kamron Monroe offer complete solutions for patients dealing with sleep apnea. During your visit, Drs. Monroe can work with you to develop a treatment plan that addresses all your dentistry needs. Oral appliance therapy may be an ideal solution for you. To determine if you are a candidate for oral appliance therapy or another solution, contact our Pinehurst, NC dental office.
Are You At Risk For Sleep Apnea?
There are certain risks factors that may determine if you are more prone to developing sleep apnea.
- Family history
- Gender (men are more prone to developing sleep apnea)
- Small airway
- Other health issues
Knowing your risk may encourage patients to visit their healthcare professional to determine if they have sleep apnea.
Signs of Sleep Apnea
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we suggest you schedule an appointment. Make sure you disclose all your symptoms to your doctor or dentist.
- Daytime sleepiness
- Loud and repeated snoring
- Pauses in your breathing while sleeping
- Dry mouth or a sore throat
- Difficulties staying asleep
- Morning headaches or migraines
- Problems with concentration
Treating Sleep Apnea in Pinehurst, NC
Drs. Monroe may work in coordination with your primary care physician to determine the best course of treatment. They offer oral appliance therapy for mild to moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea. Drs. Monroe can work with you to create a custom-made oral appliance that fits securely and comfortably in the mouth while you sleep. Your custom-made oral appliance will open up the airway and allow you to get some much-needed rest. If you suspect you have sleep apnea, or have any questions regarding your oral health, contact our Pinehurst dental office. Patients can call our office or schedule an appointment online.