Discover Better Sleep and Health with Our Sleep Apnea Solutions at South County Smiles in South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Sleep Apnea

Rest Easy, Breathe Deep: Your Solution to a Peaceful Night's Sleep.

Benefits of Sleep Apnea Treatment:

  • With sleep apnea treatment, you’ll finally wake up feeling refreshed.
  • You’re less likely to get in a car accident when you’re well-rested.
  • You’ll have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, depression, anxiety, and high blood pressure.
  • Being well-rested means improved productivity, focus, memory, and quality of life.

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Are You a Good Candidate for Sleep Apnea Treatment?

Diagnosis

If you snore heavily and are interested in trying dental appliance therapy it's very important that you are thoroughly examined by a physician or a sleep specialist first.

Symptoms
  • Severe Snoring
  • Dry, sore throat and nasal passages in the morning. 
  • Sore jaws, headaches, neck aches and ear aches in the morning. 
  • Multiple sudden awakenings during sleep. 
Treatment

A dental appliance resembles an orthodontic retainer or a sports mouthguard, made of small plastic. Worn during sleep, it aims to stop the soft tissues in the throat from collapsing and blocking the air passage. Dentists skilled in dental appliance therapy can custom-make these devices to suit each patient's specific needs and circumstances.

Advantages
  • Dental appliances are relatively small, and easy to wear.
  • Dental appliances are relatively inexpensive. 
  • Treatment with a dental appliance is reversible and non-invasive (it does not involve surgery).

Meet Our Doctors

Snoring occurs due to a narrowed airway during sleep, causing throat tissues to vibrate. Various factors like large tonsils, long soft palate, or obesity can contribute. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) worsens when the tongue blocks the airway completely, leading to breathing pauses. This condition impacts life quality, causing daytime sleepiness, depression, and other symptoms. Lifestyle changes like weight loss and avoiding alcohol before bed can help mild cases. Severe cases may require surgery, CPAP therapy, or dental appliances.

Dr. DiSano

CEO of SOUTH COUNTY SMILES

What Causes Snoring?

Advantages of Dental Appliances Vs. CPAP

Comfort

Dental appliances are typically more comfortable to wear during sleep compared to CPAP masks, which can be bulky and restrictive.

Portability

Dental appliances are compact and easy to transport, making them convenient for travel, unlike CPAP machines, which require additional equipment and space.

Noise

 Dental appliances operate silently, whereas CPAP machines can produce noise from the airflow, potentially disrupting sleep for the user and their partner.

Minimal Maintenance:

Dental appliances require minimal maintenance compared to CPAP machines, which need regular cleaning, filter replacements, and upkeep of tubing and accessories.

Compliance

Some users find dental appliances more tolerable and are therefore more likely to consistently use them compared to CPAP machines, improving overall compliance with treatment.

Freedom of Movement:

Dental appliances allow for greater freedom of movement during sleep, as there are no tubes or hoses attached to the face, unlike CPAP masks which can restrict movement and cause discomfort.

 
 
 
 
 

Unsure about sleep apnea? Want to know?

The Epworth and STOP-BANG sleep study tests can help determine if you have sleep apnea.The Epworth test gauges daytime sleepiness through self-reported likelihood of dozing off in different scenarios. Meanwhile, the STOP-BANG questionnaire evaluates risk factors like snoring, fatigue, and physical measurements to assess the probability of obstructive sleep apnea.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About Sleep Apnea Treatment

The warning signs of sleep apnea include: snoring, pauses in breathing during sleep, feeling tired all the time, morning headaches, dry mouth, difficulty focusing, and mood changes.

Sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissues in the airway relax during sleep and block the flow of air.

There are a number of treatment options for sleep apnea, including lifestyle changes, oral appliance therapy (OAT), CPAP machines, and surgical treatments that address the soft tissues in the airway. Your dentist can determine the best course of treatment for you.

Untreated sleep apnea is associated with depression, anxiety, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular issues. Treating sleep apnea can prevent these serious health issues from occurring.

Many patients are under the impression that CPAP machines are the only treatment for sleep apnea, but this isn’t the case. Oral appliance therapy, lifestyle changes, and surgery are all effective treatments as well.

If your breathing stops and restarts more than 30 times an hour, you have severe sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea surgery can be used to remove excess soft tissue in the airway or to stiffen the soft tissue so it no longer relaxes and blocks the flow of air.

Sleep apnea is not considered a disability by social security, but some conditions associated with it, like heart disease, are classified as disabilities.

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