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Sleep Apnea Dentistry

Snoring, Sleep Apnea and Your Health

The raspy sound of snoring can be a lot more than an inconvenient habit. Habitual snoring affects about 25% of adult women and 40% of adult men. Snoring is the result of narrowing of the airway in the throat making the inhaled air move faster and with more pressure. This causes the tissues in the back of the mouth to vibrate resulting in that annoying noise. Heavy, loud snoring, even in children, can be a sign of a much more serious problem called obstructive sleep apnea

Sleep Apnea is a disorder in which breathing stops repeatedly during sleep. These breathing stops are called “apneas”. These apnea events last for 10-30 seconds each and can occur hundreds of times each night. During each apnea event, the blood oxygen levels drop significantly. Sedation DentistryThe lower oxygen levels trigger your body to release chemicals including adrenaline to wake you up enough to start gasping for air and breathing again, and to speed up your heart rate to pump the oxygen faster. (Do you remember the “fight or flight” response from biology class?) You may not wake enough to remember it but your body and brain suffer each time it happens.

Knowing the signs of sleep apnea can save your life! Untreated sleep apnea increases the risk of many diseases and premature death, heart attack, stroke, memory loss, depression, body pain, acid reflux (GERD), bruxism, teeth damage and diabetes. Recently in the news, it has been even mentioned as a cause of cancer. Sleep apnea also contributes to learning and attention deficit problems, daytime fatigue, increased sensitivity to pain, irritability, poor job performance and decreased libido.

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Common signs of sleep apnea include:

  • Choking or stopping breathing during sleep
  • Gasping for breaths during sleep
  • Waking up tired
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Lack of concentration
  • High blood pressure
  • Heavy, loud snoring
  • Morning headaches
  • Fatigue

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What We Do for Our Patients

Whether you want a routine checkup, a complete cosmetic smile makeover or dental implants to replace missing teeth, our team will put you at ease and provide you with a great experience every time you visit.

See us for:

  • Teeth Cleaning
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Esthetic Tooth Exposure
  • Aesthetic Dentures
  • Inlays and Onlays
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Crowns
  • Gum Tissue Grafting for Recession
  • Fixed Bridgework
  • Periodontal Disease Treatment
  • Tooth Colored Fillings
  • Dental Implants
  • Root Canals
  • Removable Bridgework
  • TMJ Therapy

 

Trust Your Smile to the Experts

Dr. Wegner has advanced training in surgical dental implant placement as well as bone and soft tissue grafting. He can not only place dental implants, but also restore them to give you the confidence to smile and chew comfortably again. He and his team have attended state-of-the-art programs in cosmetic dentistry across the country. Together they can provide a beautiful smile that will exceed your expectations. Dr. Wegner now teaches dentists, their teams and lab technicians how to create these same beautiful smiles for their patients.