Sleep Apnea


A snoring man in need of sleep apnea treatment from <b>OHIO</b><i>Smiles</i>
Did you know that approximately 60% of men and 40% of women snore? Snoring does not always indicate sleep apnea, but it’s often a symptom. And that’s serious!

If you wake up feeling like you didn’t rest, or if you experience excessive tiredness during the day, if your partner complains of your loud snoring, or expresses worry because you’ve stopped breathing, you might need to visit OHIOSmiles for some screenings. Denise Antalis, DDS is highly trained in the recognition and dental treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, a dangerous condition that has even been known to cause sudden death. Denise Antalis, DDS is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and participates in continuing education courses on obstrutive sleep apnea. Dr. Antalis is highly trained and is a member of The American Sleep Academy. You may need to visit us for a consultation.

Types of Sleep Apnea

There are basically three types of apnea:
•  Central Apnea: This occurs when there is no chemical response from the brain to stimulate breathing. The airway is open, but no oxygen gets into the blood system.
•  Obstructive Sleep Apnea: The lungs and the diaphragm are functioning normally, but no oxygen is entering the system because there is an obstruction in the upper airway.
•  Mixed Apnea: This is a combination of central and obstructive sleep apnea.

Why Treating Sleep Apnea Is So Important

Snoring isn’t the only problem that sleep apnea causes. The real problem begins when the snoring stops—and along with it your breathing. Sufferers of obstructive sleep apnea can stop breathing hundreds of times a night, sometimes for minutes at a time. This leads to a lack of oxygen which can contribute to a variety of serious health risks, including stroke, heart attacks, and even cancer. The heart also has to work harder, interrupting quality sleep. Just imagine how hard it is to get through the day with all of that going on at night! Read More About Sleep Apnea

Treament With An Oral Appliance

An oral appliance is a device that is made to be worn in your mouth while you sleep. It fits over your teeth, much like a sports mouth guard. The device, which is made from an impression of your mouth, works to keep your mandible in a forward position, preventing it from falling back while you sleep. Because of this, it prevents your oral tissues from sliding back into your throat to block your airway. Read More About Oral Appliance Therapy. and How Oral Appliances Work

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