Our skilled dentists provide sleep dentistry to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and help you rest better at night. We offer the SomnoDent oral appliance to help keep your airways open so that you can breathe easily while asleep and get the rest you need. We invite you to contact Singing River Dentistry at (256)383-0377 for more information about sleep dentistry in Tuscumbia, Florence, Muscle Shoals and Russellville, Alabama, and to schedule your consultation with our SRD team.
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder, and is characterized by interruptions and pauses in breathing while asleep. These pauses and interruptions can occur multiple times each night, and in some cases may last for 10 seconds or longer. This occurs when the soft tissue of the throat collapses, or when the tongue rolls back in the throat, blocking the airway. OSA can have a serious impact on your overall health and may lead to the development of other medical problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure or liver problems.
Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Choking, gasping or snorting sounds while asleep
- The sensation of gasping or choking while asleep
- Excessive daytime drowsiness (hypersomnia)
- Long pauses in breathing
- Waking abruptly during the night
- Headaches upon waking
- A dry mouth or sore throat upon waking
- Poor, fitful or restless sleep
- Mood changes, including depression and irritability
- Feeling out of breath upon waking
- Memory impairment
- Difficulty focusing
If you suffer from any of the symptoms of sleep apnea, our SRD team can help. Singing River Dentistry is pleased to partner with a Sleep Evaluation Center to provide you with the option of utilizing a take-home sleep study that can diagnose whether you have sleep apnea. Dr. Jimmy Gardiner is also a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, and we have a registered nurse on staff who can help answer any further questions you may have.
If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, the SomnoDent oral appliance is a type of Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS) that is used to treat mild to moderate OSA by moving the lower jaw forward slightly. By moving the jaw forward, the tissues and muscles of the upper airway tighten. This prevents the airway from becoming obstructed while you sleep. This appliance consists of two custom-made upper and lower dental plates, with a specialized coupling device that allows for normal opening and closing of the mouth.
When you receive the SomnoDent sleep apnea appliance, our dentists will ensure that it is adjusted correctly in order to provide you with a treatment that is both comfortable and effective.
For more information about the SomnoDent sleep apnea appliance and to make an appointment with our experienced dentists, call our office today. We are dedicated to helping you get the rest you need and achieve excellent oral and overall health.