If you suffer from sleep apnea in Cambridge, WI, we have great news for you! Dr. Bauer is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine with vast expertise in this area. Dr. Bauer and our team at Cambridge Family Dental have got you covered when it comes to sleep apnea–we want you to get a better night’s sleep! In studying and correcting issues stemming from sleep apnea, we have found it to be so commonplace among patients that this treatment has actually become one of our favorites! Here are some frequently asked questions to broaden your understanding of sleep apnea:
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder consisting of abnormal pauses in breathing or occurrences of unusually low breathing during sleep which limits the amount of oxygen the brain receives. These lapses in oxygen can contribute to a whole slew of health issues including, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, weight gain, headaches, anxiety, depression, irritability, memory and concentration problems, and in the most extreme of cases, can even result in death!
How is sleep apnea connected to my oral health?
Surprisingly, we have found that MANY patients who exhibit signs of night time grinding and wear also exhibit symptoms of sleep apnea. In fact, we have found that once we treat our patient’s sleep apnea, the nighttime grinding issues disappear!
How can I find out if I have sleep apnea?
Traditionally, an in lab sleep test at a sleep clinic was the only way to make this diagnosis. This is still appropriate for some patients, but for others a home overnight sleep study can be completed in the comfort of their own bed. The patient wears the device to bed and it monitors their breathing patterns during sleep. With the home sleep study, they can determine if the patient has any degree of sleep apnea. Most cases are easily corrected by wearing a custom-made Mandibular Advancement Splint. With treatment, symptoms are generally eliminated. We invite you to participate in a free online sleep apnea screening to find out if you are at risk.
What is a Mandibular Advancement Splint?
A Mandibular Advancement Splint is a small medical grade device that is worn at night to protect teeth from clenching and grinding. In addition, by positioning your lower jaw forward and opening your airway, proper breathing patterns are being encouraged.
What is a C-PAP Machine?
C-PAP is short for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. A C-PAP machine aids a person suffering from sleep apnea to breathe more easily during sleep. In the past, this was the only method used to treat sleep apnea, but these machines are often cumbersome to wear and transport, making it difficult to consistently wear. Luckily, these days, most cases of sleep apnea can be treated using a mandibular splint.
Why is it beneficial to see Dr. Bauer instead of a regular general dentist?
At Dental Center for Snoring & Sleep Apnea, a Cambridge Family Dental group, we understand fully where you are with sleep apnea from both a medical and individual perpective. If the case is mild to moderate we can treat you at our office with a comfortable splint to open your airway and get the oxygen flowing. We have advanced training in dental sleep medicine to properly minimize and prevent side effects from use of an oral appliance. We also work closely with certified sleep doctors to make a recommendation for treatment based on your individual circumstance to ensure a successful and comfortable treatment. Comfortable treatment equals utlized treatment that will provide better sleep and improved health.
Why does Dental Center for Snoring & Sleep Apnea, a Cambridge Family Dental group, offer sleep apnea treatment?
At Dental Center for Snoring & Sleep Apnea, we know a lack of a good night’s sleep can affect everyone. Oxygen deprivation issues aside, if your body is stressed because it’s not getting enough rest, your body can’t repair itself. If your body can’t repair itself, the body becomes unhealthy, which can lead to illness, obesity, or even serious diseases. Dr. Bauer finds it incredibly rewarding to offer sleep apnea treatment to her patients. “One patient recently had a splint created, wore it for the first time to bed and could not believe he slept so well!” –Dr. Bauer.
Why is sleep apnea treatment superior at Dental Center for Snoring & Sleep Apnea?
At Dental Center for Snoring & Sleep Apnea, we work closely with sleep physicians to ensure that you are provided with the most comfortable and beneficial treatment for your sleep apnea. In addition, our extensive training and knowledge on dental sleep medicine goes above and beyond for our patients. We stay current with latest research and techniques to constantly improve what we can offer to our patients.
Don’t continue to suffer in silence from sleep apnea! Contact our practice today to schedule your free take home sleep test and be on your way to a better night’s sleep!