Having trouble sleeping? Do you find that you wake up often to use the restroom, or your partner wakes you due to snoring? Do you feel fatigued during the day and you don’t know why? You might be one of the millions of Americans that suffer from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that requires diagnosis and possible treatment by your doctor, sleep physician or dentist. Byron C. Scott, DMD in Mobile, Alabama is trained to provide oral appliances to treat obstructive sleep apnea.
Dr. Scott will consult with your sleep doctor and devise a plan that will be in accordance with the sound medical options available to you. Very often a dental appliance can be fabricated that can greatly assist and even eliminate your sleep or snoring problems.
There are some things to look for if you think you may be having trouble sleeping and think it may be sleep apnea:
If you have one or more of the risk factors and find that you wake during the night, or your partner wakes you due to snoring, or if your partner notices that you stop breathing for periods of time during sleep, it is time to seek help. Sleep disturbances can cause and or contribute to many serious health complications.
Finally, if you have obstructive sleep apnea, you can stop breathing during sleep. When you stop breathing your oxygen level decreases and your brain is signaled to wake up. This oxygen deprivation can strain your cardiovascular system and increase your risk of hypertension or high blood pressure.
Sleep apnea can also contribute to:
Dr. Scott is trained to fit patients with oral appliances to treat their sleep apnea. Dr. Scott can fit you with a dental TAP® (Thornton Adjustable Positioner) snoring appliance. The appliance repositions your lower jaw slightly forward in order to help open your airway during sleep. The appliance is comfortable and can be removed in the morning when you wake up.
Dr. Scott works with your medical doctor to ensure your treatment plan is comprehensive and you are getting a good night’s sleep. If you are ready to have a restful night, give us a call and schedule an appointment today at (251) 265-7808. Our office is conveniently located on Springhill Ave. in Mobile, and just a quick drive from Fairhope!
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