Are you worried that you or your partner may have sleep apnea? If so, we will be happy to help you. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to a variety of total-body health concerns and should be treated very seriously. We have answered some of the most common questions below about this condition and how we can help. We serve the residents of Kennesaw, Marietta, Woodstock and Acworth, GA. Please feel free to contact our team in Acworth, GA with any additional concerns you may have for a sleep apnea treatment.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep condition whereby the sufferer wakes occasionally throughout the night due to cessation of breath. It is caused by a collapse of airways leading to the lungs, depriving the sufferer of oxygen. Sleep apnea is typically accompanied by excessive snoring.
TMJ is a complicated area. Over the years there's been a lot of changes in philosophies, and even now there's two or three different major philosophies out there. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. It's the joint where your lower jaw joins in the temporal bone, so if you open and close you can feel the joint right in front of the ear on each side.
Most problems with TMJ are related to the bite being off. What I mean by that is when you come in for your initial exam, I'll do a procedure where I'll have you relax and I'll actually manipulate your jaw and have you slowly close your teeth together. When you do that, most people are going to hit on one side or the other. Then I have them squeeze together, and their lower jaw slides around somewhere to where all the teeth fit together. If your lower jaw moved, one or both of these joints had to move. Now I ask that patient just on their own, bite together. They don't hit on that one side first. They go to where we learn all our teeth hit together, but that position is where their joints are out of place. If they clench and grind, they're doing it where their joint's out of place, and that's what usually leads to the problems.
Sometimes the treatment is as simple as just adjusting the bite a little bit. I can adjust it to where I have you relaxed, I'm holding that joint where it should be, and as we close down, it hits somewhere different. I'll adjust that, and after a while it's hitting on both sides now, and I'll have you squeeze together and there's no movement. I've adjusted your bite so that you can put your teeth together and the joints are in their right place. A lot of times that'll take care of it.
TMJ is very much related to stress. I would say the three things we usually see is the bite's off, grinding of teeth, which for us humans tends to be a coping mechanism for some stress. Having said that, I'm starting to treat sleep apnea now, and there's a lot of studies to show that airway problems tend to trigger a lot of the bruxism. That's something I've only been treating for a year or so, but the research is coming out that sleep apnea is just amazing. In my own experience, I had TRUD resistant high blood pressure. I have an oral appliance now, and my blood pressure is better than it's been in years. For us, the oral appliance and all the oral appliances do is move your jaw forward so it opens your airway. It's indicated as a second choice for mild to moderate sleep apnea.
How do I know if I or my partner is suffering from sleep apnea?
While the symptoms of sleep apnea can be quite clear, it sometimes go undiagnosed because the sufferer is asleep when symptoms are occurring! For this reason, it is often up to the sufferer’s partner to acknowledge symptoms for what they are. If you or your loved one are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please seek help right away as you may be suffering from sleep apnea.
- Loud snoring
- Cessation of breath during sleep
- Daytime fatigue
- Morning headaches
- Trouble concentrating
How can you help me manage my condition?
If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea, please visit our office in Acworth, GA to be properly screened. If you are diagnosed with the condition, we will be happy to get you the help you need. While many cases of sleep apnea are treated using a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, oral appliances are also available. We can help you manage your sleep apnea based on your specific needs with our Sleep Apnea Treatment services.
How can I schedule an appointment?
Do you think you or your partner may be suffering from sleep apnea? It is best to seek help right away! Please contact our team in Acworth, GA to book for a sleep apnea treatment appointment. We can be reached by dialing 770-429-8989 or by using our online contact form to send us an email message. Simply fill it out, click submit, and a member of our team will get back with you as soon as possible.
Regardless of which method of contact you choose, we will be happy to help you find an appropriate date and time for your visit in our office at Acworth, GA. Sleep apnea does not have to ruin your total-body health or leave you exhausted every day. We look forward to working with you!