Snoring Sleep Apnea
If I snore, does that mean I have sleep apnea?
Snoring represents a restriction of air flow into your body as you sleep. If the restriction results in a decrease of oxygen in your system this is more than just a loud noise problem! The simplest way to determine if you have a change in oxygen levels, is to be screened with a home sleep test monitor. Call our office to schedule this screening!
If I don't snore, does this mean I don't have sleep apnea?
While snoring is certainly a great indicator of a potential sleep disordered breathing issue, it is not the only indicator. If you have other signs and symptoms of a sleep issue, call our office to schedule a screening.
What are the most common signs and symptoms that have been associated with a sleep disorder breathing issue?
Additional signs and symptoms seem more commonly in children with sleep disordered breathing issues:
What is a home sleep test unit and how does it work?
An HST is a device that records data while we sleep. Our office's HST units have the ability to record: heart rate, pulse oxygenation levels, EKG(heart waves), EMG(facial muscle movements), snoring sounds, body position, restless leg movements, nasal air flow, chest and abdominal work required to breathe etc. Once you've worn the device, and collected 2 nights worth of data, we are able to run this information through an interpretive program that recognizes and correlates certain physiologic patterns. We can use this information to work with either your medical physician or a sleep physician colleage to determine a diagnosis and work together to find a solution.
So, I have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or an upper airway restriction, now what?
CPAP therapy is the gold standard for treating sleep apnea! The reality is that some people do not/ will not wear them. For those with mild to moderate sleep apnea, and/or those who fail to wear the CPAP, an oral appliance is a great option! These appliances work to open the airway by advancing the lower jaw forward during sleep. Please call our office to see if you are a candidate for this silent, less invasive solution for your sleep disordered breathing!
So, my child has been diagnosed with sleep apnea or an upper airway restriction, now what?
Diagnosing sleep apnea at a young age is a great benefit. There is increased potential for influencing the boney and soft tissue growth patterns with the hope of solving the restrictions permanently. Some of the solutions involve tongue tie release, myofunctional therapy(swallowing, tongue and lip posture training), and working with ENT physicians to improve nasal airway patency and orthodontists to increase arch size to provide more space for the tongue.
Highland Springs Dental Care
(951) 769-1616 701 Highland Springs Avenue, Suite 12, Beaumont, CA 92223