Treat Sleep Disorders In Salt Lake City
Did you know that many dentists have treatments available for patients with sleep apnea? We proudly offer sleep apnea solutions and other sleep disorder treatments to our patients in the Salt Lake City area, from Murray to Sandy, Utah.
If you or a loved one lose precious sleep because of snoring or sleep apnea, call us right away to find out how you can sleep through the night again.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Over 18 million Americans are affected by sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when a patient stops breathing during the night or when the airway is heavily obstructed and not enough air is getting through. When you fall asleep, the muscles in your throat relax. If they relax too much, the airway can collapse.
Your brain needs oxygen to function, which is why the brain responds by waking a person with sleep apnea long enough for the airway to open. Many patients fall back to sleep until the muscles in the throat relax again. This cycle can occur hundreds of times throughout the night and keep a sleep apnea patient from entering the deep state of sleep necessary to get enough rest.
Types of Sleep Apnea
There are two types of sleep disorders as it pertains to sleep apnea:
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) – Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the common form of sleep apnea. It is the result of an airway bloackage caused by the muscles in your throat relaxing during sleep.
- Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) – With central sleep apnea the airway is not blocked, but the brain fails to tell the body to breathe. This is caused by the central nervous system, hence the name.
Our Sleep Apnea Treatment
At Salt Lake Dental Care in Murray, UT, we are skilled in diagnosing and treating sleep apnea in our patients. If you suspect you may be suffering from sleep apnea, call our office for an examination and sleep test. The sleep test results will help us find a more precise treatment so you can get a full night’s sleep.
Sleep apnea treatment is prescribed on a case-by-case basis. After a sleep apnea diagnosis, our sleep test will help us know the level of severity of your sleep apnea. From there, we can determine your individual sleep needs, consult a physician, and work with you step by step to help you sleep soundly.
Dr. Blackwood, DDS, often recommends custom-made mouthguards as a sleep apnea treatment. Our mouthguards are comfortable to wear during sleep and effective in keeping the airway open. Say goodbye to sluggish days, so you can wake up feeling refreshed and energized!