Kentucky Orthodontics & Invisalign services patients all across the Bluegrass state and is proud to be providing exceptional orthodontic care to our local communities. We understand the importance of a good night's sleep and the long-term affects it can have on your quality of life. Therefore, we offer oral appliance therapy for those who struggle with severe snoring and/or sleep apnea. Many patients who have sleep apnea often experience symptoms of fatigue, dry mouth, headaches, and loud snoring. It is a serious condition and should not go untreated. However, snoring doesn't necessarily mean you have sleep apnea. If you suspect that you have a problem with snoring or think you may have sleep apnea, call our office today to schedule a complimentary consultation. Dr. Durbin can get you fitted for an oral appliance right away so you can experience a full night's sleep.
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About the Treatment
A customized appliance, such as a night guard, can reposition the jaw and allow for better airflow while you sleep. With the proper oral appliance for sleep apnea, you can improve health issues like insomnia, difficulty breathing, fatigue, loud snoring, high blood pressure, and depression.
What to Expect
Typically, most of our patients who visit our office have already received a diagnosis from their primary care physician. However, they often explain their desire to have another opinion by Dr. Durbin to confirm their condition and to discuss their options for treatment. Therefore, when you visit our office, we can do a thorough sleep study and diagnostic testing before a treatment plan can be made. This process will allow us to better understand your needs and condition.
Once your testing is complete, we will make impressions of your mouth for a custom-fit therapeutic appliance. Your impressions will then be sent to a certified orthodontic lab, where your guard will be created. When your oral therapy guard is ready, you will have a fitting appointment to make sure the appliance fits comfortably and does not need adjustments. Once at home, it is really important to use your night guard on a consistent basis to ensure a peaceful night's rest.
Keeping your mouth guard clean is very easy. We suggest that when you brush your teeth at night and in the morning, you also cleanse your night guard with your toothbrush and toothpaste. Once the appliance is thoroughly rinsed and dried, it should be safely stored in your night guard container. This will ensure proper oral hygiene and prolong the life of your device. You will also need to bring your night guard to all future orthodontic appointments with us and to all your dental appointments as well. This allows us and your dentist to check your appliance for deformities and wear. If your night guard is not in great condition, it will not provide you with effective treatment.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea FAQ
How many people are affected by snoring and sleep apnea?
According to various research studies, more than 55% of men and 40% of women are affected by nightly snoring. Sleep apnea affects about 22 million adults, with as many as 80% of cases going undiagnosed.
What health risks are associated with snoring and sleep apnea?
Mild to moderate snoring typically doesn't present increased health risks. However, snoring can be an indicator of sleep apnea which can have negative health effects, including increasing risks of stroke, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
What are the most common risk factors for developing snoring or sleep apnea?
- Being a man aged 35 – 65
- Being overweight or obese
- Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol
- Having hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Having coronary heart disease
- Nasal congestion
- Medical conditions
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea can cause a range of symptoms that typically include gasping for breath while sleeping, loud snoring, episodic periods when you stop breathing during sleep, dry mouth, headaches in the morning, daytime sleepiness, mental fog or difficulty concentrating, fatigue, and difficulty falling asleep.
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Sleep Well Tonight
At Kentucky Orthodontics & Invisalign, Dr. Douglas D. Durbin is dedicated to helping you. Call our friendly patient coordinator in one of our orthodontics offices to make your appointment and change the way you sleep starting today. Even if it is only a snoring problem keeping you up at night or a sleep apnea condition affecting the quality of your sleep and health, we can help with oral appliance therapy. We have offices in the following cities: Georgetown, Winchester, Owingsville, Nicholasville, Richmond, Mount Sterling, and Lexington.