Obstructive sleep apnea is a common and serious sleep disorder that causes an individual to stop breathing for more than 10 seconds and then start again. There are serious health issues related to sleep apnea if left untreated. Don’t wait – Contact us today to book your free consultation to discuss checking how healthy your airway is.
Approximately 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. It is estimated that 75 to 80 percent of severe sleep apnea cases go undiagnosed. Sleep apnea occurs when a person’s throat and tongue muscles are relaxed while sleeping, which causes the airway to become blocked. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to a number of serious – and potentially fatal – health problems including:
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure
- Sexual dysfunction (Erectile dysfunction)
- Heart Failure
- Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
- Excessive night-time urination
If you have these issues, have trouble sleeping, or been told you snore, contact us today to discuss your concerns and our solutions to achieving a healthy airway to improve these serious health issues.
Who is at risk for sleep apnea?
Men are more likely than women to develop sleep apnea. Additional risk factors include obesity and age. Symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Morning headaches
- Daytime sleepiness
- Abrupt awakening coupled with shortness of breath
- Loud snoring
- Dry mouth or sore throat upon waking up
If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms, you may have sleep apnea. Modern Family Dental Care is here to help. We can help analyze the health of your airway and determine the best course of action to help you avoid the serious health consequences associated your sleeping patterns.
Sleep Apnea Diagnosis
Modern Dental is proud to provide sleep apnea solutions in Charlotte. We offer affordable sleep testing that can be completed in the comfort of your own home. The process is simple: make an appointment at one of our three locations around Charlotte, discuss your sleep concerns, symptoms with one of our experienced dentists, and then determine if taking the next step to analyze your sleeping patterns is right for you. If so, we can help arrange this analysis to take place in the comforts of your own home.
There are several sleep apnea solutions including oral appliance therapy, CPAP machines and surgery. Modern Family Dental Care provides oral appliances. This device is worn during sleep so an individual’s tongue and soft tissues do not collapse. This allows for sufficient air intake so you can enjoy a normal and restful night’s rest. Sleep apnea mouth guards may be the right fit for those who suffer from mild to moderate sleep apnea, or individuals who cannot tolerate the CPAP machine and do not want to undergo surgery.
Why Modern Family Dental Care?
At Modern Family Dental Care our top priority is to create a beautiful, confident, and healthy smile for everyone. While providing a comfortable environment, we are focused on enhancing your life. Our team’s years of experience allows us to stay up-to-date on the latest industry technology to better serve you. Our offices in Charlotte and Concord offer complete dental services for you and your family.
Can sleep apnea be fatal?
Unfortunately, individuals who suffer from severe sleep apnea are three times more likely to die prematurely. Sleep apnea can lead to fatal health problems such as heart attack and stroke.
Is sleep apnea hereditary?
Research shows that, while there are various different factors that contribute to sleep apnea, genetics may play a role in its development.
I’m not overweight, could I still have sleep apnea?
Yes, while obesity is a risk factor in developing sleep apnea, it can affect individuals of any weight, sex and age.