Stop Suffering from Sleep Apnea
Although sleep apnea is a widespread and potentially dangerous medical problem, it often goes untreated. Dr. J. Brent Gorrell understands the numerous risks that are associated with this sleep disorder and offers neuromuscular and sleep apnea dentistry out of his Mountain View, CA practice. Through various behavioral therapies and oral treatments, Dr. Gorrell has helped hundreds of patients break the vicious cycle of sleep apnea. If you are CPAP intolerant Dr. Gorrell has dental alternatives that can help with sleep apnea.
If you suffer from sleep apnea, contact Dr. Gorrell’s Mountain View practice to find out more about his combination of therapies and how they can alleviate your symptoms.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition in which individuals stop breathing or develop extremely shallow breathing during their sleep. This can happen several times throughout the night, lasting anywhere from 10 seconds to a full minute. When left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious health consequences. Over time, the lack of oxygen that is caused by the cessation of breathing can lead to heart attack, stroke, weight gain, memory loss, and insomnia. Symptoms of sleep apnea include loud snoring, shortness of breath upon waking, dry mouth, and repetitive tiredness throughout the day. While these symptoms may seem minor when considered individually, combined they can signal the presence of sleep apnea, a very serious condition.
Oral appliances keep the jaw aligned and push the tongue down, allowing for the airway to remain open throughout sleep. These appliances are custom made for each patient and can drastically reduce the symptoms of sleep apnea.
How Dr. Gorrell Treats Sleep Apnea
Individuals may be surprised to learn that sleep apnea can actually be treated through dental therapies. As a member of the American Academy of Cranoifacial Pain, Dr. Gorrell is specifically trained to identify and treat sleep apnea and the neuromuscular issues that go along with it. Since the symptoms of sleep apnea present themselves differently in each patient, no two treatment plans are exactly alike. However, Dr. Gorrell has helped numerous patients improve their health by taking control of their sleep apnea. Here are just a few of the treatment options that Dr. Gorrell offers his patients:
- Behavioral Therapy: One of the most important ways to combat sleep apnea is to develop healthy sleeping patterns. Dr. Gorrell may suggest that patients change some of their behaviors that affect sleep such as limiting alcohol intake, not smoking, or altering their diets. In addition, small changes such as sleeping in a different position can have a tremendous impact on a patient’s ability to breathe while sleeping.
- Oral Appliances: Airway obstruction is a large contributor to sleep apnea. Oral appliances keep the jaw aligned and push the tongue down, allowing for the airway to remain open throughout sleep. These appliances are custom made for each patient and can drastically reduce the symptoms of sleep apnea.
- Medication: There are a variety of internal factors that can lead to sleep apnea. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, Dr. Gorrell may prescribe anti-snoring medication or hormonal therapy. Anti-snoring pills can eliminate congestion and blockage in the throat and nasal passages, allowing for easier breathing. In addition, hormonal therapy can correct imbalances that may be negatively affecting sleep patterns.
Learn More about Sleep Apnea
If you suffer from sleep apnea, it is important to seek treatment. Dr. Gorrell is extensively trained in identifying the causes of sleep apnea and providing successful treatment. To learn more about your options for combating sleep apnea, contact Dr. Gorrell’s Mountain View practice today.
“I moved out of the area 20 years ago and happily drive 40 miles to still see Dr. Gorrell. Best dentist ever.” Kevin B.