If your partner or someone else informs you that snore or if you feel that your sleep is never as restful as it could be, it’s possible that you suffer from sleep apnea. This is a more serious condition than a mere annoyance, as it can be the root cause of wide-ranging health problems. Our dentist, Dr. Merrily Sandford, can offer sleep apnea treatment to help you get an adequate supply of oxygen in your sleep, as well as prevent snoring. If you are looking for sleep apnea treatment in Austin, Texas, please call today at 512-263-8284.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep-disordered breathing is an umbrella term for several chronic conditions in which partial or complete cessation of breathing occurs many times throughout the night, resulting in daytime sleepiness or fatigue that interferes with a person’s ability to function and more importantly reduces your quality of life.

Noticeable signs may include snoring, pauses in breathing described by bed partners, and disturbed sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), is by far the most common form of sleep-disordered breathing and sufferers come in many shapes, sizes, ages, races, genders and they are no longer just the stereotyped middle-aged older obese males!

Symptoms often begin in infancy and affects many aspects of both physical and mental health throughout one’s life. It is the one health disorder that is either a direct cause or significant contributing factor to many major diseases such as – cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, ADHD, alzheimer’s disease, dementia, hypothyroidism, hashimoto’s disease, adrenal fatigue, chronic fatigue, migraine headaches, chronic pain, crooked teeth, and more.

For the tens of millions of Americans who suffer from Sleep Disordered Breathing, there’s nothing quite like a restful night’s sleep–nor anything more elusive. Every night is an act of shear will for survival as they desperately struggle to breathe in the life-giving oxygen their bodies crave. At night they are never fully asleep, and during the day they are never fully awake. Their life and health are in extreme danger!

Dr Merrily Sandford knows and explains to her patients how the early onset to Sleep Disordered Breathing and Sleep Apnea is seen in her Dental Office. She says, “I see patients daily with onset or undiagnosed symptoms of this disease and I educate them, so they begin to understand that a high majority of common dental diagnosis are really Sleep Disordered Breathing issues”.

She says, “most patients aren’t aware that what is really taking place at night when they sleep is their body is craving more oxygen resulting in the patient trying to open their airway during the night”. This constant opening and closing force destroy their teeth by grinding and clenching all night which leads to fractures, fillings, crowns, root canals, extractions and dental implants.

To be properly diagnosed, patients with suspected sleep-disordered breathing must be evaluated by a single-night polysomnogram in a sleep laboratory or with a portable testing device like the one Dr Sandford and her team provide in your own home setting!